Consumers get help to spend wisely


CONSUMERS have been urged to make full use of two Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry apps that make it easier for the public to buy goods at reasonable prices.

Johor investment, trade and consumer affairs committee chairman Lee Ting Han said the ministry created a “Price Catcher” app to help consumers make price comparisons.Johor Investment, Trade and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Lee Ting Han said the state would see a better investments record this year compared to the last two years. - THOMAS YONG/The StarJohor Investment, Trade and Consumer Affairs Committee chairman Lee Ting Han said the state would see a better investments record this year compared to the last two years. - THOMAS YONG/The Star

“The application displays price information on more than 480 items collected by 1,100 price monitoring officers nationwide on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.

“In addition, it is equipped with the latest price information and constantly updated with the latest features to help consumers plan their expenses,” he told the Johor state assembly at Bangunan Sultan Ismail in Kota Iskandar.

Lee was replying to Rashidah Ismail (BN-Pasir Raja), who asked about the government’s move to help people get basic necessities at cheaper prices.

He said the ministry had also developed a smartphone application called “MySales Tracker” to enable users to find cheap sale activities around them.

“Users can choose to make a quick search related to cheap sales based on brand through the app.

“Consumers can also lodge complaints through the same application if there are any traders who conduct cheap sale activities in a misleading manner,” he added.

Lee also said that the state government was concerned about the increase in prices of goods and was working closely with the ministry on price control enforcement.

He said since January this year, the government implemented its Keluarga Malaysia sales programme through cooperation with the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama), Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority (LKIM), National Fishermen’s Association, The National Farmers Organisation (Nafas), and local retail industry players.

“The Keluarga Malaysia sales programme offers basic household necessities such as chicken, seafood, vegetables, cooking oil, sugar, flour and rice at 15% to 20% cheaper than market prices, to help ease the people’s burden in terms of cost of living,” he added.

Lee said besides working with the ministry, the state government was also working closely with other agencies, especially the Agriculture and Food Industry Ministry.

“This is to ensure that production of food and other essential goods as well as stable prices are guaranteed through continuous engagement with industry, producers, importers, wholesalers, retailers, consumer associations and other parties,” he added.

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