THE Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) has listed 20 items under the Festive Season Maximum Price Control Scheme (SHMMP) in conjunction with Deepavali festival in the state.
The list has one additional item compared to the 19 listed under the scheme for Deepavali last year.
The items comprise fresh chicken, standard chicken, super chicken, local mutton with bones, imported mutton with bones, Grade A chicken eggs, Grade B chicken eggs, Grade C chicken eggs, tomatoes, ladies fingers, imported round cabbages, whole coconuts, grated coconuts, long beans, cucumbers, dried chillies, Indian shallots, imported red onions, imported potatoes from China and Australian lentils.
“The price for the 20 listed items would be enforced for nine days from Nov 9 until Nov 17, ” said its Penang director Mohd Ridzuan Ab Ghapar in a statement.
He said they conducted inspections at public markets and shopping malls across the state on Nov 11 and found that traders had complied with the maximum price gazetted by the government.
Traders responded well by showing proof with their sales invoices during the inspections.
He, however, said there were some traders who were reprimanded and reminded by the officers to display price tags clearly.
KPDNHEP set the maximum price for wholesale and retail items based on, among others, nationwide price monitoring this year.
“The prices for January until October, meanwhile, were made based on the price collection that has been fixed weekly by the KPDNHEP.
“The prices also considered input and feedback from various government agencies such as the Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry, Veterinary Services Department (DVS) and Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama), ” he said.
He reminded traders to place pink price tags on controlled price items. Failure to do so could result in fines of up to RM10,000 or a maximum compound of RM5,000 for individuals, while for companies, it is RM20,000 or RM10,000 respectively.
For selling of goods above the controlled price, the maximum fine is RM100,000 or an imprisonment of up to three years or both, or a fine of up to RM50,000 for individuals, while for companies, the maximum fine is RM500,000 or a compound of RM250,000.
Consumers can lodge complaints by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800 886 800, the mobile application at Ez ADU or the Malaysian Government Call Centre (MYGCC) 03-8000 8000.
Consumers in Penang can call the state KPDNHEP operation centre at 04-3840248 for complaints.
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