KUCHING: Thirteen items have been listed under the Festive Season Price Control Scheme in conjunction with the harvest festivals of Kaamatan and Gawai 2017.
Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said the prices would be effective from May 25 to 31 for Kaamatan and May 27 to June 2 for Gawai.
The controlled items are live chicken, standard slaughtered and dressed chicken, super chicken (dressed chicken without the feet, head and innards), mature live chicken, chicken wings, eggs (grades A, B and C), beef and shallots from India, garlic from China, imported round cabbage, pork belly, pork meat (lean and fat), and live pigs.
Hamzah said traders were required by law to sell these controlled items no higher than the ceiling price fixed by the Government, and the goods had to be affixed with pink price tags to differentiate them from other items.
“Stern action will be taken against traders who fail to comply with the regulations,” he said.
Individual offenders can be fined up to RM100,000 or jailed up to three years, or both, or issued a compound of up to RM50,000.
Organisations or companies can be fined up to RM500,000 or issued a compound of up to RM250,000.
“For the offence of not displaying the pink price tags, individuals can be fined RM10,000 or issued a compound fine of RM5,000.
“Companies can be fined RM20,000 or issued a compound of up to RM10,000,” Hamzah said. — Bernama