MALACCA, Oct 16 – The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry here will mobilise 75 of its enforcement personnel to monitor the implementation of the festive season price control scheme, in conjunction with Deepavali. Its director Jaiya Abu said the personnel would be at shopping centres, retail outlets and wet markets to prevent profiteering by unscrupulous traders.
Sixteen items are listed under the scheme enforced under the Price Control and Anti-profiteering Act 2011 effective, Friday till Sunday (Oct 22). “Traders must use the pink tag for the items, The tags must be clear, easily read; they must use approved measurement or weight units and display the correct price which should not appear confusing. “Nevertheless, traders are encouraged to sell the items at a lower than the maximum price,” he told a press conference here today.
Also present was Melaka Unity and Consumer Affairs exco Datuk Lai Meng Chong. Jaiya said errant traders faced a fine of up to RM100,000 or three years imprisonment or both, or a RM50,000 compound. “Complaints against such traders can be channeled to the ministry through its toll free number: 1800-886-800 or any KPDNKK office nationwide,” he said. — Bernama