Saifuddin: Govt refining controlled item list to help bring cost of living down

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  • Thursday, 25 Apr 2019

Interview with Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail in Putrajaya. MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The government is refining the additional list of controlled items in an effort to lighten the cost of living of the people, says Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (pic).

‘'The goods have already been identified,'' he said without revealing the number and types of items.

Sugar, flour, 1kg cooking oil, cooking gas, petrol and diesel were among the items already listed in the controlled prices category at the moment.

Discussions with stakeholders such as the Agriculture and Agro-Based Ministry, Veterinary Services Department and vegetable wholesalers were being conducted to ensure supplies were not affected, he told reporters after his ministry's monthly gathering here Thursday (April 25).

During the ceremony, Saifuddin also launched a guide book on conducting e-commerce trading to traders to reduce complaints on online cheating which was currently increasing.

He said the book would be distributed for free and also uploaded to the ministry's portal in the form of an e-book to provide tips and way to conduct ethical online business.

‘'The book will also be a source of reference to consumers on the reference list that online traders must have before performing any transactions,'' he said.

He said the ministry was still mulling raising the penalty rate from RM25,000 to RM50,000 for online cheating.

In the meantime, Saifuddin said the government targeted a Gross Domestic Product acquisition for e-commerce at RM170bil in 2020 compared to RM86bil in 2017. - Bernama

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