NARATHIWAT, April 17 – The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) plans to sell controlled items in Malaysia to the Thai market to curb smuggling activities from continuing, said its Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin.
“Over the years, a wide range of subsidised goods such as cooking oil and flour from Malaysia were smuggled and sold widely in Thailand, especially in the town of Sungai Golok here. My observation in Sungai Golok town today found various items coming from several Asean countries which are almost of the same quality, hence the price is also quite reasonable,” he said.
“The problem is subsidised items in Malaysia such as flour and cooking oil are also sold in Thailand. So that’s why I want to find a way to sell these controlled items in Thailand but not at subsidised prices,” he told the reporters at a press conference after surveying the prices of goods in Sungai Golok town Sunday.
The minister was accompanied by Narathiwat province Deputy Governor Thakensak Yoksiri, District Officer Pricha Nu Noi (she) and Sungai Golok Mayor Susada Panara. In a related development, Hamzah said he would discuss with Malaysian manufacturers to package the products in smaller quantities to give more choice to consumers.
“For example the dish washing soap. In Thailand they are sold in smaller packages and I will discuss with Malaysian manufacturers to produce them in small packages so that consumers in Malaysia can have a choice to buy according to price affordability.