Malaysia moves to boost food supply, but will it be enough?

Shoppers at Aeon hypermarket in Tebrau, Johor Bahru . The Malaysian government has scrapped approved permits for a range of food items amid reports of shortages of essential items. ST FILE PHOTO
There have been sharp increases in prices for essential food items such as vegetables, cooking oil, eggs and chicken. ST FILE PHOTO
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KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob's administration took a bold step this week to remove a controversial licensing system that governs imports of goods into Malaysia, in a bid to boost food supply and keep prices in check.

But economists warn that more countermeasures will be needed as ordinary Malaysians continue to face inflationary spikes and rising household debt.

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