PRICE HIKES BRING BENEFITS
‘Pricier sugar, petrol increases health awareness, public transport usage’
FERNANDO FONG KUALA LUMPUR email@example.com
THE government has done well in tackling elements that contribute to the rising cost of living, especially in the urban areas, says the Consumers Association of Penang.
Its education officer, N.V. Subbarow, said the increase in the retail price of sugar and petrol, despite initial public dismay, had brought benefits.
“Pricier sugar had led to an increased amount of attention on reducing high-sugar items from the diet.
“As for the increase of petrol price, it encourages public transport use, especially among car users.
“These help consumers learn to depend less on government aid and subsidies,” he told the New Sunday Times.
Subbarow was commenting on the National Key Results Area (NKRA) on Addressing the Rising Cost of Living, which achieved 100 per cent success in the Key Performance Index (KPI) for 2016.
The NKRA is part of the National Transformation Programme (NTP), which also consists of the Strategic Reform Initiative (SRI) and National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs).
Subbarow added that consumers continue to grapple with rising prices and consumer sentiment was weak, added with lacklustre feelings about the economy.
He said the tax should be increased on products or services which were the objects of widespread disapproval, such as alcohol, tobacco and sugarsweetened beverages such as soft drinks.
At the same time, incentives should be given to farmers and fishermen so that vegetables and fishes can be produced in greater quantity and at a lower cost.
The SRI’s Public Service Delivery Transformation, which aims sole focus on the new business.
“We did have some savings, but it was not enough to buy the machines and packaging facilities,” Dzulfadli said.
The husband-and-wife team attributed their success to a number of government agencies such as Veterinary Department, Mara to accelerate the government’s efforts to become more efficient in both business and public-related services, scored a KPI of 113.3 per cent.
Social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the public service deserved its due as it had improved much over a wide range of areas.
He said among the most significant improvement was the introduction of Urban Transformation and Muda Agriculture Development Authority (Mada). These agencies extended assistance in various forms, changing their family life for the better.
Dzulfadli said with the grants, courses and packaging facilities provided by the agencies, he set up a frozen food wholesale and Centres (UTC).
“UTC is the yardstick to measure the efficiency of public service delivery as it offers a myriad of services under one roof, which benefits millions of users,” he said.
However, the government must put a stop to the poor maintenance culture, said Lee.
“A strong maintenance culture is necessary for the interest of public, but it is sadly lacking in the civil service.
“It is a widely recognised problem which has affected the quality of public properties such as roads and toilets,” he added.
He said the common excuse given was the lack of budget, which was unacceptable.
Lee said it was high time the government prioritised to property management, so that public properties would not be neglected.
The progress report involving the NTP 2016 was presented recently by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Started in 2009, the NTP is the government’s efforts to propel Malaysia towards becoming a high-income nation. retail manufacturing plant at the cost of RM100,000 at Seriab here.
“At present, our DNM Bumi Khalifah Trading produces the frozen products under the Wawa and Falique series. Our specialties are cheesy kuih such as curry puffs, samosas and onion rings.”
Dzulfadli Ellias with his company’s frozen food product range, including cheese curry puffs, at the Perlis state-level Small and Medium Entreprises Week 2017 in Kangar on Friday.
The increase in the price of petrol encourages public transport use, especially among car users, says Consumers Association of Penang.