Commerce permanent secretary Watchari Vimuktayon drew a lot of flak on social media last week for her seemingly insulting remark that we, the consumer, might only have imagined that consumer goods have become more expensive and that the cost of living has gone up.
"... that goods are more expensive, the cost of living is rising are mere perceptions because, in reality, the Internal Trade Department has been closely monitoring goods. People think that the cost of living is going up because they just focus on the increases in expressway toll fees, the increase in electricity charges and the LPG price," she was quoted as saying when confronted by reporters who questioned her about the Commerce Ministry's consumer price index (CPI) for August which showed a 1.59% increase, reputed to be the lowest in 46 months.
Was there an error in the ministry's calculation? Or was it a joke?
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