SIX districts in Johor are part of the state-level Rahmah Bazaar programme jointly organised with the Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry (KPDN) during Ramadan.
State investment, trade, and consumer affairs committee chairman Lee Ting Han said the programme would also see the distribution of 12,000 ewallet vouchers worth RM20 to visitors on a first-come, first-serve basis.
“The ministry and state government have come with a budget to organise Rahmah Bazaar in six districts where the public can enjoy up to 30% discount on items.
“Among the districts involved are Johor Baru, Kluang, Segamat and Batu Pahat,” he said, adding that the programme was different from the ongoing Bazar Rakyat Agro Johor (BRAJ) by the Federal Agriculture Marketing Agency (Fama).
The state KPDN, he said, would also double its price checks throughout Ramadan.
Lee also said there were enough supplies for Ramadan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri following the recent floods.
“We want to remind the public not to easily fall for fake news on social media.
“We recently came across a video claiming that poultry farmers are selling chicken who died in the floods, but based on investigations by the Veterinary Services Department and KPDN, this is fake news,” he said.
Lee was speaking to reporters after launching Consumer Rights Day at Toppen Shopping Centre in Johor Baru.
He said eight schools in Johor had been selected to receive a RM500 grant each from Johor KPDN to organise more consumer awareness classes.
“KPDN has also prepared nine methods for consumers to send in complaints when they come across anything unlawful. The methods including the EzAdu app and emailing email@example.com.”
Johor agriculture, agro-based industry and rural committee chairman Datuk Zahari Sarip said the state had expanded the BRAJ programme from 30 locations to 60 during Ramadan.
“We have about 500 traders at 30 locations in 10 districts under the BRAJ programme until June.
“We expect the number to double during Ramadan so that more people can benefit,” he said, adding that the initiative was aimed at selling necessities at discounted prices.