KULAI: Johor Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) has taken action against traders for 769 offences and seized RM1.64mil worth of goods as of November this year.
Its director Khairul Anwar Bachok said of the total cases, 523 were compounded and the cases resolved.
He said the most common offence committed was profiteering by sundry shops under the Weight and Measurement Act 1972 and the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.
“About 35,000 checks were conducted throughout the eleven months at various business premises,” he said when carrying out price checks for the Christmas festive period at Econsave in Taman Bintang Utama in Senai here.
He said price checks during festive periods was to show the people that the government was keeping an eye on the price of items and the rising cost of living to prevent unscrupulous traders from increasing prices indiscriminately.
“The ministry is actively taking steps to stabilise the prices of essential items, especially during festive periods,” added Khairul Anwar.
For Christmas, 11 items were singled out as controlled items including live chicken, standard dressed chicken, imported turkey, local and imported mutton, eggs, tomatoes and capsicums.
“Traders must not sell the items at higher than the fixed ceiling price set by the Government and must clearly state the price of controlled items on pink-coloured signages for customers to see,” he said.
He added that the items were on the price control list from Dec 23 until today.