The ceiling price for flour has been raised by 15 sen and 10 sen per kg in peninsula Malaysia and East Malaysia, respectively. According to the related ministry, flour millers have been proposing an increase for years due to ‘overwhelmed’ wheat and shipping costs. In fact they even asked for a 50 sen increase!
Yes, it may seem fair from certain perspective. However, does it fair for us the consumers to consume the price hike of roti canai and kuih keria afterwards? For sure, the price of these foods would go up at least by 10 sen each (though each roti and kuih doesn’t weigh more than a 50g).
I’m not a bit surprised of the announcement since it came after the promise of the government to revise civil servants’ salary. Price hike in this country after civil servants get their raise is absolutely normal. Nothing’s new about it. Just, it itch me a little. Only 1.2 mil of the country population are civil servants (out of, what, 27 mil?). Does it fair for the rest, who work in private sector, to be burdened by such hike? I’m not questioning whether the civil servants should get pay raise or not. I’m just curious why the heck others who don’t get pay raise have to pay more? Even if they (civil servants) had their raise, their pays were still not that much.
Yesterday was flour, what’s next? We shall wait and see. The rich become richer and the poor become ‘baruah’. And, what say of those NGOs and so-called freedom champions of Malaysia? (I bet nobody would say anything since they are in ‘the rich circle’).
Let us all embrace capitalism and live like hell!!!