PETALING JAYA: Action must be taken against restaurateurs who maintain or raise prices despite reduction in fuel price, says the Malaysian Consumers Association.
Its secretary-general Datuk Amarjit Singh Gill said there was no excuse for them to maintain or increase prices.
“They are ready to raise prices even when there is a slight fuel price increase but are silent when the fuel price is down,” he said in a statement yesterday.
He urged the Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Ministry to take action under the Control of Supplies Act or Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act against those found to be charging their customers excessively.
“The Government must be seen to be serious in using the various Acts available against those who flaunt the rules,” he said.
Amarjit added that enforcement officers should carry out random spot checks and act against operators who over-charged.
He told consumers that they could do their part by going to outlets which charged reasonable prices and boycotting those that over-charged.
On Sunday, Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek said the Government would consider using the law to punish businesses found to be profiteering.
Meanwhile, Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and the Industry of Malaysia deputy secretary-general Tan Sri Teo Chiang Kok said prices of goods did not depend on the cost of fuel alone.
“Although the price of fuel has gone down, other things have gone up. As such, the cost of doing business has increased,” he said.
“Even weather has an impact on the prices of goods as they can affect their availability. Also, with the ringgit having depreciated, it now cost more to import produce,” he said.
“It is difficult to expect prices to go down at this point.”
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