BANGI: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has called on the relevant ministry and government agencies to be more proactive in enforcing the laws and regulations in order to protect consumers.
He said in this effort, the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry should play an important role in ensuring that consumer protection laws were fully enforced.
He said this at a news conference after making a surprise check on prices of goods at Section 16, Bandar Baru Bangi, here, on Monday.
Also present was Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Minister, Datuk Hasan Malek.
Muhyiddin said he was not pleased with the attitude of most traders who had still not adhered to the regulations requiring them to label and display the price tags of goods, which had caused inconvenience to consumers when making choices in buying them at reasonable prices.
"The laws have been implemented but not fully enforced. So I think, in line with our move of monitoring prices to prevent customers from being cheated by the traders, these laws must be fully enforced.
Muhyiddin also suggested that the ministry relaunch the labelling and price tagging campaign, besides giving traders a grace period of two months to label and put price tags on their goods for sale.
He said various measures have been taken by the government in tackling price increases and in reducing the people's burden, including preparing a detailed report on the rising cost of living by Pemandu.
"This report will be tabled at a meeting on Feb 5 (Wednesday). Some areas have been focused on, including energy and fuel, food and beverage and services, transportation and toll.
"We will look at these and other areas holistically," he said. - Bernama