ROMPIN (Bernama): Ramadan and Aidilfitri bazaar traders are reminded to always practise good ethics in business, including not taking advantage of consumers by increasing prices, says Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi (pic).
He said monitoring would be conducted to ensure that the prices would not burden consumers and traders comply with all the rules, including displaying price tags.
"We will monitor to ensure that the prices of goods do not exceed the maximum price set through the price control scheme," he said at a press conference after launching the Food Bank Siswa programme at Muadzam Shah Polytechnic here on Thursday (April 8).
On the food bank programme, he said to date, a total of 17,954 students from the 26 institutions of higher learning involved have received the assistance.
The Muadzam Shah Polytechnic is the 27th institution of higher learning to benefit from the assistance, involving a total of 1,200 students, he said.
Nanta said the programme would be implemented using the food pantry concept through donations from 13 companies.
"We have also started working with hotels in Terengganu and Perlis to get the surplus food that is still in good condition to be processed using retort technology to extend the shelf life of food, ” he said.
Presently, a total of 624,845 households have benefited from the food bank programme since it was launched on Dec 22, 2018, saving about 2,301 tonnes of food surplus.
On the operation to monitor prices and the supply of goods, Nanta said the ministry has conducted 70,593 inspections on retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers nationwide so far.
He added that it has also received 753 complaints regarding the supply and prices of goods. - Bernama