Capping prices is not enough to tackle rising living costs, says Move Forward MP

An opposition parliamentarian on Thursday said the government must propose better measures to respond to rising market prices that have caused nationwide outrage.

Sirikanya Tansakun, a member of parliament for the Move Forward Party, and chair for the House committee on economic development, told Thai Enquirer that the government’s measures to cap the prices are not enough, instead, they should be doing more than issuing statements and dodging blame.

“The rising prices of products are now a crucial crisis,” Sirikanya said. “The government must propose concrete measures to ease the strain on people’s cost of living.”

Sirikanya added that she hopes the current government will implement long-term solutions in response to the government’s public statement on why the costs have been rising, like pork, eggs and oil.

However, Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, the government spokesman, told reporters at Government House on Thursday that the spiking prices are out of their control.

“The rising consumer product prices are a result of the rising global oil prices, which has affected the production and transportation costs.”

But Sirikanya said that there is still more the government can do to make people feel more secure during the uncertain economic recovery period.

“Many other countries suffering with inflation would propose bold measures, including price and income controls,” Sirikanya added.

The government stated this week that it will cap the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) at 318 baht per 15 kilograms until the end of March. They also hope to stabilize the retail price of natural gas for vehicles at 15.59 baht per kilogram until March 15.

“Pegging the price doesn’t resolve the country’s major issues,” Sirikanya said. “The people need more clarity.”

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