Price control enforcement until year end

Abdul Yunus (second from left) checking cooking oil prices at a hypermarket in Bandar Seri Botani, Ipoh.

THE Keluarga Malaysia Maximum Price Control Scheme (SHMKM) is in effect nationwide until Dec 31 as part of the government’s efforts to stabilise the price of essential goods and ensure adequate supply in the market.

The items listed under the scheme include live chicken, standard chicken, super chicken, Grade A, B and C eggs, long beans, red chillies, tomatoes, choy sum, imported round cabbage (from Indonesia and China) as well as cucumbers.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) enforcement director Azman Adam said the scheme’s compliance would involve every stage of the supply chain.

“Twelve items listed in the scheme include three categories of chicken, three grades of chicken eggs, popular vegetables, all of which have the potential to rise in price if controls are not imposed,” he said after conducting an inspection at the Sri Gombak market, Selangor.

Azman said with the implementation of the scheme, the ministry’s enforcement division would step up monitoring and checks to ensure compliance.

The operation involves around 2,200 enforcement officers and 1,000 price monitoring officers throughout the country.

Azman urged consumers to channel complaints to the ministry so that action could be taken against price hikes that go beyond the ceiling price.

In Kelantan, since early January KPDNHEP issued 166 notices to traders who were reportedly selling products at higher prices.

Kelantan director Adnan Abd Rahman said the notices were issued so that the traders could provide reasonable explanations to justify the prices of items that had led to customer complaints.

“From the 166 notices issued, 52 involved chicken traders, egg traders (12), vegetable sellers (12) and other traders (90),” he told reporters on the first day of the enforcement of SHMKM at the Rural Transformation Centre in Tunjung, Kelantan.

In Melaka, state Unity, Community Relations, Manpower and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Ngwe Hee Sem said 100 ministry enforcement officers and personnel in the state would be mobilised at various stages of the supply chain to conduct checks throughout the duration of the scheme.

“Daily check will be conducted on producers, retailers and traders to ensure no one raises prices for the 12 necessities listed in the SHMKM,” he said, adding that they received six complaints about high prices of eggs and chickens between Jan 1 and December.

In Perak, state Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Abdul Yunus Jamhari said compliance in the state was good after conducting a check at a supermarket in Ipoh on the first day of the SHMKM implementation.

“A total of 176 Perak KPDNHEP enforcement officers and 79 price-monitoring officers will continue ensuring compliance of the scheme throughout the state,” he said.

He added that the ministry had received eight complaints from the public since early November. — Bernama

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