JOHOR BARU: The state Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) has raided a workshop here for selling liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) without a valid licence.
Its chief enforcement officer Mohd Hanizam Kechek said that the workshop was raided at about 3pm on Wednesday (Feb 24) during a special operation here.
"The raid was made following two weeks of investigation by enforcement officers on activities that have been going on behind the car and tyres workshop here.
"The owner tried to hide from authorities by placing the gas cylinders at the back of the workshop. All selling and distributing activities were also conducted at the back of the building," he said in a statement here on Thursday (Feb 25).
He said a total of 141 gas cylinders, along with two lorries and two motorcycle, amounting to about RM66,228 were seized during the operation, adding that the case is being investigated under the Control of Supplies Act 1961.
Mohd Hanizam said that the state Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry has also been actively checking shops selling LPG at the retail and wholesale level state-wide.
"A total of 210 premises selling LPG have been checked between Jan 18 and Feb 24 this year.
"From the inspections, a total of 14 cases have been detected under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 as well as the Control of Supplies Act 1961,"he said, adding that the total amount of compounds collected was RM7,000.
He said that 13 of the cases were due to failure to display a price tag for the items while one of the cases was due to failure to attain a licence to sell the control item.
"A total of 200 state KPDNHEP enforcement officers will continue to monitor these businesses and stern action will be taken against business owners that failed to adhere to the regulations under the Ministry.
"Johor KPDNHEP would also like to remind business owners to adhere to the regulations and to not take advantage of the movement control order by hastily increasing the price of items," he said.