‘Con­sider move to set cook­ing oil price’

> Pro­posal can be dis­cussed in Cab­i­net after min­istry ob­tained feed­back, says Zahid


PUTRAJAYA: A pro­posed mech­a­nism to de­ter­mine cook­ing oil prices to en­sure there are no price hikes should be con­sid­ered by the Do­mes­tic Trade, Co­op­er­a­tives and Con­sumerism Min­istry (KPDNKK).

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi said the sug­ges­tion, which was made by a non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO), should be brought to the Cab­i­net for de­lib­er­a­tion.

“We do not want traders to use the sub­sidy ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion to in­crease prices. KDNKK should col­lect feed­back from NGOs, the me­dia and the pub­lic. After that, they should bring this to the Cab­i­net to be dis­cussed fur­ther,” he said after the In­no­va­tion Day cel­e­bra­tion at the Home Min­istry.

Ah­mad Zahid, who is also chair­man of the high-level com­mit­tee ad­dress­ing the cost of liv­ing, was asked to com­ment on pro­pos­als from sev­eral NGOs for the set­ting up of a cook­ing oil pric­ing mech­a­nism to pre­vent man­u­fac­tur­ers and sup­pli­ers from fix­ing prices ran­domly.

Ah­mad Zahid said se­cu­rity at the bor­ders should also be tight­ened to pre­vent the smug­gling of cook­ing oil.

“These traders are not us­ing the nor­mal routes but are us­ing ‘rat holes’ to smug­gle the oil to neigh­bour­ing coun­tries. Those do­ing this are are not traders but smug­glers who al­low sub­sidised goods to be en­joyed by those in other coun­tries,” he said.

How­ever, he added that he had not re­ceived any in­for­ma­tion on cor­rup­tion at the Cus­toms, Im­mi­gra­tion and Quar­an­tine com­plexes at the bor­ders in re­la­tion to the smug­gling of cook­ing oil.

He said KPDNKK and en­force­ment agen­cies at the bor­ders should work to­gether to pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing.

On an­other mat­ter, Ah­mad Zahid said his min­istry and re­lated agen­cies are pre­pared to face the com­ing mon­soon sea­son.

He also called on civil ser­vants and agen­cies un­der the min­istry to con­tinue pro­duc­ing in­no­va­tive prod­ucts to fur­ther im­prove the de­liv­ery sys­tem for the peo­ple.


Ah­mad Zahid ap­plauds as Pris­ons Direc­torGen­eral Datuk Seri Zulk­i­fli Omar re­ceives the Home Min­is­ter’s Tro­phy at the min­istry’s In­no­va­tion Day cel­e­bra­tion yes­ter­day.

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