Price checks by volunteer squad

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 12 May 2005


THE Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry has mobilised some 15,500 people to intensify checks on the prices of goods, which have reportedly gone up following the rise in fuel prices last week. 

According to Berita Harian, Minister Datuk Shafie Apdal said over 14,000 volunteers, mostly housewives, would report any case of price increase to the ministry's officers for further action. 

“At this moment, we have already received information from the volunteers on price increases,” he said in an interview with the daily. 

Shafie said since the rise in petrol and diesel prices, 34 traders had been reprimanded for not displaying price tags and for allegedly trying to manipulate the price of goods. 

On Tuesday, he added, the ministry tracked down two cases involving higher chicken prices in Petaling Jaya.  

Utusan Malaysia reported that 70% of the “Gurkhas” working as security guards in Malaysia – and commanding the highest salary among security guards in the country – had never been in the military. 

“Based on our investigations, they are ordinary Nepalis.  

“The Gurkha status is normally recognised if they had served in the British Army,” revealed Security Services Association of Malaysia president Datuk Rahmat Ismail. 

The documents used to prove their identities as Gurkhas, he said, had been found to be false. 

According to the daily, the almost 2,000 “Gurkhas” are paid around RM1,200 a month , compared with between RM700 and RM800 for local guards. 

Rahmat urged the Government to monitor the entry of Nepali workers seeking employment as security guards. 

Currently, the only foreign workers allowed by the Government to work here as security guards and stay at foreign embassies are Gurkhas.  

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