BUTTERWORTH: An unlicensed store was raided and a man was caught for hoarding 1,300kg of cooking oil at the store in Jalan Datuk Ooh Chooi Cheng here in Bukit Mertajam at 1.30pm on Tuesday (June 15).
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) Penang director Mohd Ridzuan Ab Ghapar said the premises were raided after a three-month intelligence work, after four public complaints were received.
“During the raid, we found 1,300kg of subsidised cooking oil in 1kg polybag packaging stored in the unlicensed store.
“We also recorded a local man’s statement and confiscated the goods.
“The seized items are estimated to be worth around RM3,400,” he said.
Mohd Ridzuan said the case will be investigated under the Supply Control Act 1961.
Under the Act, offenders may be fined up to RM1mil or imprisoned for up to three years or both for the first offence.
Second and consecutive offenders may be fined up to RM3mil or imprisoned for up to five years or both.
Mohd Ridzuan said for companies and corporations, they may be fined up to RM2mil for the first offence and up to RM5mil for second and subsequent offences.
“We wish to remind businesses and traders to adhere to all the rules set by the ministry.
He said consumers can lodge complaints by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800 886 800, or download the mobile application at Ez ADU.
Consumers in Penang can call the state KPDNHEP operation centre at 04-3840245 for complaints.