CONSUMERS are advised to lodge complaints if markets and stores say they have run out of essential items during this festive season.
This is because supply is adequate for Hari Raya Aidilfitri and these items should be replenished constantly, says the Johor Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry.
Its director Hairul Anuar Bohro said officers have carried out price monitoring inspections at some 200 business premises throughout the state.
Around 200 enforcement officers were involved in inspections at wet markets, public markets, hypermarkets, supermarkets and farmers’ markets.
“Consumers in Johor should not be worried as there is enough supply of essential items for the festive season, ” said Hairul.
He said 32 essential items were listed under the Hari Raya 2021 Festive Season Maximum Price Control Scheme.
The items include chicken eggs, live chicken, standard chicken (cleaned with head, feet and offal) and super chicken (cleaned without head, feet and offal), ikan kembung, ikan mambung, ikan selar and ikan tongkol, tomatoes, red chillies, imported round cabbage from China and Indonesia – excluding Beijing cabbage, long beans, green choy sum, long brinjal, cucumber, old ginger, coconut (wholesale), grated coconut (retail), imported red onion (China), onion (Holland), garlic (China), dried chillies, imported potatoes (China) and groundnuts.
A ceiling price has been fixed for local beef in the peninsula and Sabah.
The price of imported buffalo meat has also been fixed, except for Sarawak.
Hairul said for the first time, a 30-day enforcement period was in place for price-controlled items, compared to 14 days during the festive season in previous years.
He said enforcement of price control on the essential items was for 22 days before Hari Raya and seven days after the celebration.
The scheme is in force from April 21 to May 20.
“We have enough chicken in Johor for Hari Raya although there were issues of high poultry prices during the first week of Ramadan, ’’ he said.
Hairul added that poultry sellers should lodge complaints with the ministry if wholesalers charged higher than the ceiling price during the implementation of the scheme.
Those found selling controlled items at a higher price would be served a notice under Section 21 of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011, he warned.
“We advise traders and companies to adhere to the price control scheme, ’’ he added.
Consumers can complain through e-aduan@email@example.com or call 1800-886-800 (hotline), 03-8882 6245/6088 (Enforcement Command Centre), 019-2794317 (WhatsApp) or via the Ez Adu app.