The Economic Planning Unit (EPU) began an impact assessment yesterday on the effects of the petrol subsidy revision on the public.
It said the assessment, which will end on Aug 17, would be carried out nationwide in urban and rural areas.
The assessment will be made from interviews that 116 pollsters from the Statistics Department will conduct on 6,552 respondents from all ethnic groups.
The hour-long interview will include questions on the increase in food and drink prices since the fuel price hike and the increase in telephone and electricity bills.
Respondents will also be asked if the petrol subsidy revision has worsened their financial burden.
The subsidy revision, which saw the pump price for petrol increasing from RM1.92 to RM2.70, was implemented on June 4. Pollsters will carry authorisation cards and an accompanying letter to identify themselves.
Information obtained from respondents will be kept confidential and only used in the impact assessment.
The EPU urged the public to cooperate with pollsters.For further information, contact the EPU's Malaysian Development Institute at 03-88881896/1897.