GEORGE TOWN: Traders and hawkers have been warned not to fall victim to bogus officers out to solicit money from them.
There have been a few reports of impersonators accusing traders of violating the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 and then asking for money as an inducement not to take action against them.
Penang Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism director Mohd Salleh Ma’amor said all his officers wore vests bearing the agency’s logo and name, and they were required to introduce themselves prior to inspection.
“Do not be afraid if you have done nothing wrong. Do not be tricked into paying these impersonators.
“Ask for their authority cards if the need arises,” he said after launching the Chinese New Year 2013 price control scheme at Sunshine Square yesterday.
The 12-day scheme will be enforced until Feb 17.
Mohd Salleh said 180 officers and personnel would be deployed to markets and grocery shops to curb unreasonable price hikes.
Among the items placed under the scheme were live chickens, chicken eggs, round cabbage, garlic, pomfret, pork belly, pork and lard.
He said traders must display their price tags in pink for controlled items at all times.
Also present was Sunshine Wholesale Mart Sdn Bhd retail operations director Yee Kam Ming.
Complaints can be forwarded to the state Domestic Trade, Co-operative and Consumerism Office at 04-2616167 or hotline at 1-800-886-800.