KUCHING: The state Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry has seized items worth RM21,793 in 108 cases so far under its anti-profiteering operation (Ops Catut).
Most of the cases involved offences under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act and the Weights and Measures Act. A total of 20,167 premises statewide have been checked since the operation’s launch on Jan 15.
Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office Datuk Naroden Majais said the ministry’s enforcement personnel were doing a good job in monitoring prices.
He reminded traders not to take advantage of the coming Chinese New Year to hike their prices.
“Ops Catut and the price control scheme for the festive season are aimed at ensuring that traders comply with the prices of controlled goods. Demand for essential items will increase in the run-up to any festival and the Government does not want traders to profiteer.
“We want traders to be responsible and honest in abiding by the prices which have been determined by the ministry,” he told reporters after checking prices at Stutong Community Market here yesterday.
The ministry’s state deputy director Abd Hafidz A Rahim said 4,972 premises had been inspected throughout the state under the price control scheme, which is in effect from Feb 14 to 25.
“We are taking the approach of educating traders to abide by the scheme and so far they have been complying with our instructions,” he said.
Meanwhile, the ministry has recorded 147 cases with seized goods worth RM266,364 in the state from Jan 1 to date.
They comprised 54 cases under the Weights and Measures Act, 51 under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act, 33 under the Trade Descriptions Act, six under the Control of Supplies Act and three under the Consumer Protection Act.