Domestic Trade Ministry warns Johor traders against profiteering

JOHOR BARU: The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry has warned traders, especially around the city area, not to increase their prices and take advantage of Singaporeans who have travelled here under the land Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL-Land).

Its Johor director Mohd Hairul Anuar Bohro said the ministry would continue to carry out frequent checks and surveillance to ensure this does not happen, which will burden local consumers even more.

"If there is a price hike due to the VTL-Land, the Ministry will take appropriate and stern action in accordance with existing laws," Mohd Hairul said after attending the state-level Malaysian Family Sale held at a hypermarket in Taman Daya here on Saturday (Dec 4).

He urged consumers to forward their complaints to the Ministry immediately if they come across any traders who hike up their prices.

"Consumers should always practise smart spending where they should compare prices before making any purchases," he said.

The Johor-Singapore Causeway was officially reopened on Nov 29 with the launch of the Vaccinated Travel Lane via land crossing (VTL-Land).

Travellers allowed to take part in this scheme are Malaysian and Singaporean citizens and permanent residents as well as holders of a Malaysia and Singapore Long-term Pass.

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