RM3,824 goods seized in Ops Catut

Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism enforcement personnel checking a traders stall at the Petanak Market in Kuching.- ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE / The Star

KUCHING: The state Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry has seized goods worth RM3,824 so far under its anti-profiteering operations (Ops Catut).

The seizures were made from checks at 4,513 premises statewide, resulting in 38 cases.

“We will continue to carry out inspections at all levels of trade, such as manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, importers, supermarkets, grocery stores, markets, restaurants and the service sector,” state director Stanley Tan said in a statement.

He said 296 personnel, comprising 162 enforcement officers and 134 price monitoring officers, would be deployed during Ops Catut, which aims to monitor the prices of goods and services in the run-up to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on April 1.

He added that the ministry would take action against offenders, including cancelling their business licences.

Early yesterday morning, a team inspected the Petanak wholesale market here and seized RM1,231 worth of goods in four cases under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act and two under the Weights and Measures Act.

To lodge complaints on price hikes, call 082-466 012 or 1-800-886-800 or email e-aduan@kpdnkk.gov.my.

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