Kedai Rakyat not cheaper, Pua says

By Yow Hong Chieh, The Malaysian Insider

Putrajaya must stop claiming Kedai Rakyat 1 Malaysia (KR1M) products can help cut living expenses when hypermarkets sell the same items for less, Tony Pua says.

The DAP publicity chief said while some goods were indeed cheaper, the price difference was far less than the 30 to 50 per cent discount claimed on the Kedai Rakyat website.

“For example, KR1M claims to sell a 425g can of sardines for RM2.99, ‘saving’ the customer a whopping 51 per cent,” he told reporters in the Parliament lobby today.

“However, a check at Carrefour showed that a 425g can of sardines… sells for RM2.49, or 20 per cent cheaper than KR1M.”

Similarly, a 1-litre bottle of bleach sold for only RM1.29 at Tesco compared to RM1.90, or 47 per cent more, at Kedai Rakyat, he said.

Pua (picture) also pointed out that, based on a basket of 23 common household goods and food items, consumers would save some eight per cent if they shopped at Carrefour instead of Kedai Rakyat.

The basket included rice, minced meat, chilli sauce, fruit juice, detergent, toilet paper and dishwashing liquid, among others.