Some 200 businesses on watchlist for hoarding cooking oil in Melaka

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 07 Jul 2022

MELAKA: Some 200 business premises are under surveillance for allegedly hoarding subsidised cooking oil packets, says a Melaka exco member.

State unity, community relationship, human resource and consumer affairs committee chairman Ngwe Hee Sem said these premises are believed to be supplying the packets to eateries for a higher price.

"We are monitoring their activities and those under the Melaka Domestic Trade and Consumer Affair Ministry’s radar include stockists and grocers," he said after visiting the Jasin wholesale market on Thursday (July 7).

Ngwe said those who continue to hoard the supply should stop their irresponsible act or face the consequences.

He said the domestic trade ministry could trace any discrepancies involving the subsidised cooking oil through an audit system.

"We are able to track the culprits and they would be issued compounds without any warning if found to have committed the offence," he said.

Ngwe said the ministry had conducted checks on sales of chicken, eggs and cooking oils in 69 premises throughout the state since June 23.

However, he added no compound notices were issued during the checks.

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