Errant traders fined RM37,000 during price control scheme


  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 03 Jun 2020

A KPDNHEP officer conducting inspections at a supermarket in Johor Baru.

JOHOR BARU: Johor Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) enforcement unit conducted 2,428 inspections during the Maximum Price Control Scheme for Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Its director Mohd Hairul Anuar Bohro said the checks on wholesalers and public markets were done from May 20 to May 31.

“A total of 26 traders were compounded under the Price Control and Anti-Profit Control Act (AKHAP) 2011, with fines totalling RM37,000.

“Some 23 cases involved traders who had failed to display price tags on the items and three cases involved selling items beyond the allowed price,” he said when contacted.

Hairul said failure to display price tags is an offence under the Price Control Order (Indication of Price by Retailer) 1993 while selling items beyond the allowed limit is an offence under Section 11 of the Act.

He said checks also showed there was enough supply of food and other essential items in Johor.

Earlier, Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Rosol Wahid said the ministry had issued RM205,000 worth of compounds nationwide during the Maximum Price Control Scheme for the festive season.

Of the figure, RM54,000 in compounds involved traders not displaying price tags and RM150,000 for selling items beyond the allowed price.

The public can channel information or complaints on a lack of supply or price increase throughout the MCO to https://eaduan.kpdnhep.gov.my, call 1-800-886-800, email e-aduan@kpdnhep.gov.my, use the Ez Adu KPDNHEP app, call 03-8882 6088/6245 or WhatsApp 019-279 4317.

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