KUALA TERENGGANU: The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry has for the first time roped in 52 penghulus to check on food prices in the state.
The village heads, who received their authority cards in April, are vested with powers to take action relating to offences under the purview of three Acts Supply Control Act, Price Control Act and Weights and Measures Act.
The penghulus are empowered to seize food items, but they must surrender them to the ministry for follow-up action.
We will issue summonses and charge the traders in court if necessary, said the ministry's state deputy director Shamsuri Hamzah here yesterday.
Earlier, he and six penghulus inspected the price of food items at the Cabang Tiga market here.
They found the prices of fish and red chillies to be higher by between 10% and 20%.
The price increase is not due to the festive period, but because of insufficient supply due the monsoon season, Shamsuri said.