Jennifer Pak
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Cost of food staples on the rise in Malaysia

11 December 2013 Last updated at 04:06 GMT

The cost of food is rising fast in Malaysia, with some items as much as 50% more expensive than last year.

The surge has been triggered after the government cut subsidies on sugar - used in many local dishes.

At the same time, Malaysia also relies on food imports which has made keeping prices in check difficult.

The BBC's Jennifer Pak reports from Kuala Lumpur,