THE Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry conducted checks on 8,143 premises in Penang since early this month and none of them were found selling food items above the ceiling price.
Its director-general Mohd Roslan Mahayuddin said the checks covered manufacturers, wholesalers, hypermarkets, mini markets, night markets and wet markets.
He said the inspections were conducted under ‘Ops Harga’ in conjunction with Ramadan.
Nationwide, 66,549 premises have been checked since August 1.
“We detected 18 cases of violations throughout the country and seized good worth RM25,274. The offenders were slapped with fines totaling RM1,100,” he said after conducting a check at the Batu Lanchang market in George Town on Monday.
Also present was state Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism enforcement team chief M. Guna Selan.
Mohd Roslan advised consumers to report any wrongdoings and shortages to the ministry by calling its hotline 1800-886-800.
“We will deal with the shortages by arranging for the nearest wholesalers or bulk suppliers to replenish the goods,” he said.
Retired civil servant Mohamad Mydin Hamid, 61, who frequents the Batu Lanchang market, said he would not hesitate to tip off the authorities.
“Prices are already increasing by the day. I can’t imagine what it would like without proper enforcement,” he said.