Thursday, February 13, 2014
Kangkung Price Falls Further
A Kadir Jasin
IF our life is all about ipomoea aquatica, we can all look forward to a significant improvement in our welfare and well-being.
Since we last discussed ipomoea aquatica aka the humble kangkung in the Jan. 16 posting, its price has fallen further. (Read here)
The index shows that the price of kangkung had fallen by 4.2% during th Jan-Feb period.
Since early 2013, the price of kangkung in Kuala Lumpur fell from RM5 a kilo to RM2.40 or a decline of 52%.
Unfortunately, the reduction in kangkung price will not improve our quality of life significantly because it accounts for only a tiny fraction of our consumption and, therefore, the consumer price index (CPI).
Life will be better only if costs associated with housing, transportation, healthcare and food also decline. These are the major cost elements in the CPI.
Please be wise, thoughtful and measured when discussing kangkung as the subject could offend some people's sense and sensibility.
- A KADIR JASIN
- I was born in 1947 in Kedah. I came from a rice farming family. I have been a journalist since 1969. I am the Editor-in-Chief of magazine publishing company, Berita Publishing Sdn Bhd. I was Group Editor NST Sdn Bhd and Group Editor-in-Chief of NSTP Bhd between 1988 and 2000. I write fortnightly column “Other Thots” in the Malaysian Business magazine, Kunta Kinte Original in Berita Harian and A Kadir Jasin Bercerita in Dewan Masyarakat. Books: Biar Putih Tulang (1998), Other Thots – Opinions & Observations 1992-2001 (2001), The Wings of an Eagle (2003), Mencari Dugalia Huso (2006), Damned That Thots (2006), Blogger (2006), PRU 2008-Rakyat Sahut Cabaran (2008), Komedi & Tragedi-Latest in Contemporary Malaysian Politics (2009) and Membangun Bangsa dengan Pena (2009).