Malaysia imposes price controls on food for Ramadan celebrations

Malaysia will impose price controls on a range of basic foods ahead of celebrations for the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a senior minister said Sunday.

Price limits will be put on chicken meat, beef, eggs, tomatoes, fish and 16 other commodities from June 16 to July 6, said Hamzah Zainuddin, domestic trade, cooperatives and consumerism minister.

The end of the fasting period of Ramadan is marked with weeklong celebrations and partying in the predominantly Islamic South-East Asian country, usually pushing up prices of foodstuffs.

More than 60 per cent of Malaysia's more than 30 million people profess to the Islamic faith.

Hamzah said his ministry had mandated non-government organizations and consumer groups to monitor prices and to report any violators, who will face fines up to 100,000 ringgit (25,000 dollars).

Last update: Sun, 12/06/2016 - 11:32

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