In Malaysia, opposition parties and student groups have taken to the streets regularly to voice their frustration over the rising cost of living and inflation. Among their demands: More aid to the people, continued provision of subsidies and price controls for food. According to Communications Minister Annuar Musa, who chairs a multi-agency taskforce that has been meeting twice a week to monitor prices, Malaysia already has one of cheapest fuel and food prices in Southeast Asia. More essential items have been put under a price control mechanism, including eggs, chicken and cooking oil.
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