TAPAH: Traders have until Friday to obtain their licences to sell controlled items covering 23 foodstuff before enforcement starts the next day.
Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk S. Veerasingam said those who do not have the licences will be issued compound fines of RM7,500.
Once the enforcement starts, we are not going to entertain any excuses.
We hope the people will not misinterpret the firm action against the traders as this is to protect the consumers, he told reporters after presenting food items worth RM200 each to 200 poor families at Merdeka Hall here yesterday.
Veerasingam said the licences were issued free unlike in previous years when they cost RM1 each.
Traders, he said, were also requested to display pink price tags for controlled items.
On another matter, Veerasingam said the ministry was satisfied with the prices of food sold at Ramadan bazaars nationwide despite an increase in certain items.
The price of Malay cakes, for example has gone up but the increase is reasonable, he said.
He said the cakes at most bazaars were being sold at RM1 for three instead of four for the same price last year.