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Published: Tuesday January 28, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday January 28, 2014 MYT 8:59:16 AM

Rampant diesel smuggling

Supartini (left) accompanied by the department's enforcement officers and official of Pacific hypermarketing inspecting the price of items at the premises on Sunday.

Supartini (left) accompanied by the department's enforcement officers and official of Pacific hypermarketing inspecting the price of items at the premises on Sunday.

BATU PAHAT: Smuggling of diesel topped the list of goods seized by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Department district office last year.

The department’s district officer Supartini Mahhbot said there were 21 cases recorded under the Control of Supplies Act 1961 and majority were diesel smuggling cases.

“We confiscated diesel and other goods worth more than RM766,000 under the act in 2013,” she said after checking control price items for Chinese New Year at a hypermarket here on Sunday.

Supartini said a total of 29 cases were recorded under Trade Description Act 2011 including selling of fake goods, misleading advertisements and price tags.

“We have seized goods worth more than RM64,000 for offences under the same act,” she said.

Supartini also said that the department also received complaints and found traders cheated consumers in weights and measures of goods.

There were seven cases recorded under the Weight and Measures Act 1972, she said.

She added that there were also traders who failed to display price tags and nine cases were filed.

Supartini also urged traders and business to adhere to the control price items announced by the government and not to take advantage of consumers during festive season.

“All traders must display pink price tag on price-controlled items to distinguish the items from the others,” she said, the department would carry out spot checks from time to time to ensure that all traders follow the regulations.

Tags / Keywords: Government, Southern & Eastern Region, diesel

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