Pasar malam traders plan to increase food prices, with some saying RM200 monthly diesel aid is not enough

Pasar malam traders plan to increase food prices, with some saying RM200 monthly diesel aid is not enough

While the government’s fuel subsidy rationalisation programme, which began with the switch to a targeted diesel subsidy on June 10, continues to provide monthly financial assistance to a considerable number of users under the Budi Individual and Budi Agri-Commodity categories, it seems that there are those for which the RM200 cash assistance isn’t enough to offset the increased spend for the fuel, which is now priced at RM3.35 per litre.

Small-scale traders and businesses are among these. As The Star reports, pasar malam food traders are reportedly planning to increase prices following the diesel hike, to offset the extra they now have to spend on the fuel.

According to Pasar Malam Bumiputera Shah Alam and Klang chairman Kamarul Nizam, some of their night market traders intend to increase prices by July 1. He however added that the quantum of the increase has yet to be determined, as traders were still waiting to see how the new diesel prices would impact them.

Meanwhile, petty traders and Jalan Cemur Kuala Lumpur night market chairman Moganae Sundram said the government’s RM200 Budi Madani cash assistance is insufficient to cover the increased fuel costs. As an example, the fishmonger said he uses a pick-up truck to transport his fish from Perak to Kuala Lumpur and now has to spend an additional RM600 on diesel.

Pasar malam traders plan to increase food prices, with some saying RM200 monthly diesel aid is not enough

He said he would not increase prices yet, as his competitors have no plans to do so. “If I increase prices now, I would lose out to those selling cheaper,” he said. However, he believed it is only a matter of time before there would be an increase in prices. He added that other traders, including those selling vegetables and using their own transport to ferry goods from wholesalers, were also affected.

Things are somewhat better over at the larger scale land transport and logistics end, where the subsidised diesel control system (SKDS) 1.0 and 2.0 schemes provide subsidised diesel to a total of 33 types of land transport vehicles.

According to Malaysian Bakery, Biscuit, Confectionery, Mee and Kuay Teow Merchants Association president Chaang Tuck Cheong, prices of related goods have remained unchanged because several sectors, particularly food and logistics, continue to enjoy targeted diesel subsidies.

However, he said that it has not been smooth sailing, as there had been instances where lorry drivers were unable to use their fleet cards to refuel due to system glitches. “Drivers have to pay cash upfront, and they may not be able to claim it back,” he said. Also, while the fleet card provides more than enough diesel to cover monthly usage for users, Chaang said a clearer projection would come about when claims are processed.

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  • Bob Mal on Jun 21, 2024 at 11:56 am

    Pick up truck spends additional RM600/Rm3.35 (179L) for 250km from Ipoh to KL distance? > Seriously that is some special 250km/179L = 1.4Km/L drive efficiency diesel truck that one uses to ‘take my money’

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    • Kira dulu on Jun 21, 2024 at 1:29 pm

      My suggestion is that whenever they say they incur more cost of doing business and not enough subsidies, let’s make a calculation for each complaint and show the math.

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      • They forgot this RM 200 is the subsidy to offset the increase ka? RM200 is enough to off set about 200 litrs of diesel. How many litres do they actually pumped every month? Stop complaining!

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    • Panjang on Jun 21, 2024 at 2:35 pm

      What do u think the fish drink during the trip?

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    • Lets See on Jun 22, 2024 at 9:05 am

      So now what is PMX gonna do? Arrest the hundredth thousands of pasar malam traders for forcing to up their prices?

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  • Apa apa alasan , Peniaga yg tamak akan tamat business dgn hutang lapok.

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  • Pakwe hensem on Jun 21, 2024 at 12:09 pm

    These traders expect free diesel instead kah?

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    • Alfonso Romeo bin Kelembai on Jun 21, 2024 at 1:05 pm

      If everything in the world got free also not enough maaa

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  • Azam Baki on Jun 21, 2024 at 12:47 pm

    Selalu banyak alasan untuk menaikkan harga tapi bila harga telur turun, harga makanan langsung tak turun. Boikotlah peniaga-peniaga yang manaikkan harga melulu. Tengok kesan terhadap Mekdi dan Starbucks. Kita sebagai pengguna boleh menjatuhkan peniaga-peniaga tamak ni. Bismillah

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  • Chong Or Pei on Jun 21, 2024 at 12:54 pm

    Yes, you can. And maybe people will stop buying. Or less people would buy. It’s always a double edged sword.

    You can also
    ▪︎ source better
    ▪︎ restructure your inputs
    ▪︎ restructure your manpower
    ▪︎ reduce serving size (and inform customers)

    Skin the cat using a different method. But don’t use a strategy that may kill your business if deployed.

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  • Saymore on Jun 21, 2024 at 1:26 pm

    If you want to increase price, even gov give you RM 2000 you can also say not enough cover.

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    • Full Time 1.3k cc Driver on Jun 22, 2024 at 3:43 pm

      I’m a full time driver. Spends at least up to rm65 for main job, part time rm20-40 daily, at least up to 80 daily. If ron95 2.05 without subsidy raises 60%. Government need to give me monthly 80 x 365 / 12 x0.6 = rm1460

      Otherwise. U better hope grabcar raises 10%-20% in fares.

      As I’m working for boss for 1k per month, I need work near full time as grab to cover the travel n maintenance cost.

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  • Emdynizar on Jun 21, 2024 at 1:29 pm

    Not all pasar malam traders using diesel. Most of it drive old Nissan Vanette or Toyota Liteace or old proton. These vehicles are using petrol not diesel. Some business players are trying to take advantage of this situation. I may understand for those using diesel lorry but it cannot be an excuse to increase price totally. Even karipap is fried using cooking oil and not diesel.

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  • The new B80 category that needs bantuan on Jun 21, 2024 at 2:36 pm

    Most of the foodcourts have preemptively increased prices by at least 50 sen for food /drinks.
    By the time petrol is floated to Rm3.50/litre..can u imagine the carnage? All Hell will break loose.
    IT is said deserving rakyat should be given bantuan from the diesel savings.How come the rich is given the latest eggs subsidy?
    Why not progressively increase fuel prices over 24 months,instead all at one go? It is like giving chemo,radiation,surgery all at one go.No wonder prices are spiralling upwards like fatty Kim’s ballistic missiles.
    PMX,if this continues…there will only be 2 classes,left B40 and T20. The M40s have dropped and merged with the B40,becoming the new B80.

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  • Nsuensw on Jun 21, 2024 at 3:01 pm

    Boycott pasar malam!

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  • Ben Yap on Jun 21, 2024 at 3:03 pm

    minyak naik, harga mesti kasi naik. i want to see how Madani government tackle inflation. and see how they improve malaysia else the door is open for madani government.

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  • Ask the right question before buy on Jun 21, 2024 at 4:45 pm

    when go pasar malam, just ask “are you driving diesel vehicle?” if not, expect no price increase, obviously you will know which seller is sincere or just bloody money sucker.

    if their vehicle is diesel, then bring your calculator there to see whether the increment percentile is tally with diesel price increase

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  • When the buying stop, pasar malam scammers will stop increasing price

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  • Nvm lah. Govt ask us to tanam sendiri sayur and ternak lembu dan ayam di rumah sendiri. Baru la Madani.

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  • hafiz on Jun 22, 2024 at 10:56 pm

    majority pasar malam traders I saw drove vannet, liteace, econovan, unser, all these use petrol…except maybe unser diesel

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