KOTA KINABALU: Traders have been warned against increasing the price of goods amid recent floods in the state.
Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Jainab Ayid said the ministry was monitoring the prices of goods and have found that a slight increase in prices of essentials in some places.
“We found that there are some traders who have increased the price of goods slightly especially in Semporna and Tawau,” she said after handing out aid to more than 1,000 flood victims in the Sipitang district.
These traders are at risk of being charged under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011, she said.
Jainab said they would work with the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism ministry to look into these issues.
Earlier, Jainab and members of Skuad Sayang Umno Sabah presented aid such as daily items, food and drinks, as well as clothes to flood victims.
The victims come from various villages in the district and many of them are preparing to return home after being away due to the floods a week ago.
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