2,000 of­fi­cers to mon­i­tor prices of goods dur­ing fes­tive sea­son

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KUCHING: The Do­mes­tic Trade, Co­op­er­a­tives and Con­sumerism Min­istry (KPDNKK) has mo­bilised more than 2,000 en­force­ment of­fi­cers na­tion­wide to mon­i­tor the price of goods dur­ing Ra­madan and the up­com­ing Pesta Kea­matan and Hari Gawai cel­e­bra­tions.

Deputy Min­is­ter Datuk Henry Sum Agong said 13 items had been listed in the seven-day Fes­tive Sea­son Price Con­trol Scheme in con­junc­tion with Pesta Kaa­matan and Hari Gawai in Sabah and Sarawak.

“Ef­fec­tive to­day (yes­ter­day), all the con­trolled items can­not be sold above the ceil­ing prices fixed by the gov­ern­ment,” he said at a su­per­mar­ket yes­ter­day.

“We are very con­cerned and se­ri­ous in ad­dress­ing the ris­ing cost of liv­ing.

“Thus, our of­fi­cers, in­clud­ing those in plain clothes, will mon­i­tor the prices in su­per­mar­kets and wet mar­kets.

“We will not al­low traders to raise prices due to high de­mand dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son,” he said.

Henry said apart from the of­fi­cers, other agen­cies such as the me­dia, vil­lage heads, Peo­ple’s Vol­un­teer Corps (Rela) as well as “Friends of KPDNKK”, would also help to mon­i­tor prices.

About 100,000 peo­ple have reg­is­tered as “Friends of KPDNKK”. They act as the dep ar tment’s eyes and ears to en­sure that traders com­ply with the rules and reg­u­la­tions.

The con­trolled items for Pesta Kaa­matan and Hari Gawai 2017 are live chicken, stan­dard chicken, su­per chicken, ma­ture live chicken, chicken wings, Grade A, B and C eggs, im­ported beef (In­dia), shal­lots (In­dia), gar­lic (China), pork (stom­ach), pork (meat and fat) and live pigs.

The scheme was im­ple­mented un­der the Price Con­trol Act and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011, which pro­vides for a RM100,000 fine and im­pris­on­ment, or max­i­mum com­pound of RM50,000 for an in­di­vid­ual of­fender.

Com­pa­nies that fail to com­ply with the scheme face a RM500,000 fine, or a com­pound of up to RM250,000.

Traders who fail to dis­play the con­trolled items with a pink price tag face fines of up to RM10,000 or com­pound up to RM5,000 for in­di­vid­u­als, or max­i­mum RM20,000 fine or RM10,000 com­pound for com­pa­nies.

“The pink price tag is for the con­ve­nience of cus­tomers so that they can spot the prices of con­trolled items more eas­ily,” Henry said.

Last year, eight cases were re­ported dur­ing Hari Gawai in Sarawak, four cases in Kuching and two each in Mukah and Sibu.

Items worth RM1,096.35 were seized and com­pounds to­talling RM1,000 were is­sued to the op­er­a­tors in­volved.

Datuk Henry Sum Agong

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