‘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.