JOHOR BARU: Retailers and businesses in Johor no longer have to apply for permits to hold a sale if the event is only for one or two days.
State unity, trade and consumer affairs committee chairman Dr Chong Fatt Full said the move was to make things easier for business operators and part of the state government's initiative to help them generate income during the pandemic.
"Sales stretching beyond two days still require a permit," Dr Chong said on Thursday (April 8) when met at the launch of the Jubin BMS tile and sanitary ware showroom at Tebrau III industrial estate here Thursday (April 8).
Dr Chong said the state is encouraging retailers to hold two-day sales, as it would help boost their income.
On complaints by consumers that prices of essential items are increasing, he said there were several factors behind the hike.
"Unpredictable weather also contributes to the increase in prices as it affects the harvest," said Dr Chong.
As an example, he said, when the Indian government suspended the export of red onions to several countries including Malaysia last year, consumers had to pay more for their supply.
"The ban was due to floods there," said Dr Chong.
He added that consumers also have to pay more for seafood during monsoon season, as fishermen could not go out to fish due to choppy seas.
He said the authorities could not impose price controls on all basic goods.
"We will continue to monitor the prices of goods in the state on a daily basis to ensure there is no profiteering," he added.