SIBU (Bernama): The Festive Season Price Control Scheme (FSPCS) for Gawai Dayak (Dayak Festival) in Sarawak and Kaamatan (harvest festival) in Sabah has been extended to 14 days this year compared to only seven days previously.
Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs minister Chong Chieng Jen said the implementation of the FSPCS began Saturday (May 25) and would end on June 7.
The FSPCS in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri, which started on May 21, has also been extended and would end on June 19.
The moves aim to enable consumers celebrating the festivities to buy necessities at reasonable prices.
"Traders are free to sell 14 price-controlled goods for Gawai Dayak and Kaamatan and 18 types of goods for Hari Raya Aidilfitri below the maximum prices stipulated," Chong said after a visit to the Sibu Central Market Saturday in conjunction with the implementation of the 2019 Hari Gawai FSPCS.
Chong said stern action would be taken against traders if they flouted the rules under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.
Meanwhile, in Kuching, at an Aeon programme to distribute porridge (bubur lambuk) here Saturday, he said that Ramadan was a suitable time for companies and numerous agencies to give back to society.
He said that they were encouraged to carry out their corporate social responsibilities (CSR) in conjunction with the holy month.
"The programme conducted by Aeon to distribute porridge to visitors is a way to approach the local community," he said. - Bernama