On the watch: Tee (third from left) at the Larkin market during the price inspection of controlled items.
JOHOR BARU: The monitoring of the price of essential goods in Johor will be carried out by the relevant authorities all year round and not only during major festivals.
State consumerism executive councillor Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said this was to ensure that errant traders would not take the opportunity to increase the price of their goods.
He said although the price of goods is largely determined by supply, it should not be a license for traders to increase their prices excessively.
“We understand that traders and businesses also want to make profits but they should not burden consumers,” said Tee after visiting the Larkin public market to monitor the price of controlled items in conjunction with Chinese New Year.
Tee said if price-checking was only done during festive seasons, errant traders might hike their prices after the celebration was over, assuming the authorities would not carry out monitoring.
He said consumers could become the eyes and ears of the relevant authorities by reporting a hike in prices to the relevant authorities.
“On that note, we hope more will join the squad to assist the 105 enforcement officers in the price watch,’’ added Tee.
He said currently, there are 5,000 volunteers in the squad, the majority of whom were housewives and pensioners and they wanted to increase the number.
Tee said their feedback was essential as 105 enforcement officers were insufficient to cover the whole state.