Keeping an eye on traders


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 16 Dec 2007

KUALA LUMPUR: Over a million business premises nationwide have been inspected by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry so far under the ongoing Ops Gaji

“In less than seven months, we have (as of yesterday) inspected all these premises for offences such as price hikes, not displaying price tags or selling unauthorised goods. 

“The objective is to ensure that the consumers’ rights are protected always, especially during festive seasons,” said Minister Datuk Shafie Apdal 

He said goods amounting to RM650,000 had been confiscated and errant traders issued compounds notices amounting to RM268,630. 

Shafie urged the public to also play their part by contacting the ministry’s hotline, 1-800-886-800, to report cases of errant traders or price hikes. 

On another matter, Shafie said the ministry was looking into the shortage of cooking oil in some states. 

“We know that Kelantan, for example, is experiencing a shortage. There are cases of people smuggling cooking oil into neighbouring countries as it fetches a better price there. 

“Our enforcement officers are monitoring the situation now to nab the culprits. We will also ensure there is ample supply of cooking oil for all states,” he told reporters after attending a closed-door briefing on current issues for Umno members here yesterday.  

He and Umno information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib told party members that the Government was acting according to the laws in imposing the Internal Security Act (ISA) on Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) leaders. 

“This is to ensure that peace is maintained. Not all Indians are supportive of Hindraf’s actions, and they too, know there is no truth to claims that the Government is conducting ethnic cleansing of the community,” said Shafie. 

Muhammad said the Government was dealing maturely with the issue. 

“These militant minority (Hindraf) are extremists seeking to cause chaos in our multi-racial society. 

“The Government’s decision to impose the ISA was needed to safeguard the country.”  

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