SIBU: There is ample supply of essential items in Sibu division during this conditional movement control order (MCO) period, which ends on Nov 22.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Sibu branch enforcement unit chief Kelyn Bolhassan said his department noted that with ample supply, there was no panic buying of essential items during this period, including for Deepavali.
Officers from the branch have been going round town, including rural areas, to ensure that traders do not hike up the price of controlled items during this period.
Kelyn had led a team to conduct inspections at the central market in conjunction with the implementation of the Deepavali Season Maximum Price Scheme 2020, which ends tomorrow.
During this period, a total of 20 items are listed as controlled items.
Among them are live, standard and super chickens, mutton, imported beef, chicken eggs, tomato, imported round cabbage, cucumber, long beans, dried chilli, coconut, small red onion (India), large imported onions and imported potatoes (China).
“During our inspection at Central Market, we found that all controlled items were offered at prices that did not exceed the maximum prices.
“In fact, it was found that some controlled items were sold below the maximum price, ” said Kelyn.
Despite that, he warned that stern action would be taken against any trader who sold controlled goods above the maximum price set by the Government, including failing to affix the special pink price tag on these goods.
“Any trader who commits an offence will be prosecuted under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011, ” he said.
Kelyn also revealed from Jan 1 to Nov 13, Sibu branch officers carried out inspections on 6,640 business premises covering urban and rural areas.
“These inspections produced a total of 115 cases with a seizure value of RM548,622.12 and total compounds of RM21,500, ” he said.
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