Don’t manipulate prices, Kapit traders warned

Al Redzamani says people should not to indulge in panic buying during the CMCO.

BUSINESS operators in Kapit have been warned not to manipulate the price of goods during the conditional movement control order.

All of Sarawak, with the exception of Sibu, which is already under the MCO, have been placed under a two-week conditional MCO beginning Jan 18.Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry’s Kapit branch chief enforcement officer Al Redzamani Abdul Razak, in a statement, warned of stern action if traders were caught raising the prices of their goods for extra profit.He said his enforcement officers would be on the ground daily to ensure that there was no price manipulation which would ultimately burden consumers.

“Our inspection is also aimed at ensuring that the supply of essential goods such as sugar, flour, cooking oil, rice, and eggs are always sufficient throughout this period, ” he said.

Al Redzamani also advised the people not to do any panic buying and to follow the Health Ministry’s standard operating procedures when out shopping.

“Traders have reported to us that they have been experiencing an increase in sales during the weekend, ” he said.

Commenting on his branch’s inspection statistics conducted since Jan 13, he said it covered 300 premises, including supermarkets, mini markets and grocery stores as well as public markets.

“As of today, we have not received any complaints regarding insufficient supply of basic necessities, price increases or panic purchases since Jan 1, ” he said.

Complaints and inquiries can be channelled to the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry hotline at 1800 886 800 or the Ez ADU smartphone app or WhatsApp to 019-279 4317. — By ANDY CHUA

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