KUALA LUMPUR: The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry seized cooking oil and related items worth RM2.413 million in integrated operations conducted from July 1 until Thursday (Aug 11).
Its director-general of enforcement, Azman Adam, said during this period, 126 cases involving various offences related to cooking oil were recorded nationwide.
"The offences included the misappropriation of packet cooking oil that was resold in bottles and the supply of cooking oil to ineligible and unlicensed parties.
"Apart from this, there were traders who were caught hoarding or diverting and storing supplies of such goods in unlicensed places," he told reporters after conducting an inspection at a supermarket in Batu Caves in Gombak, Selangor on Friday (Aug 12)
He said that since the establishment of the Task Force on Jihad against Inflation last June, 16,562 premises had been inspected through a special operation under the Ops ATM (Chicken, Chicken Eggs and Cooking Oil) while inspections had also been carried out on 729 repackaging premises, wholesalers and retailers.
Azman said 32% of business premises had begun selling bottled cooking oil below the stipulated price compared to 17 per cent on Aug 8.
"This is a good step by the traders where they sell the goods below the set ceiling price while the rest follow the price set by the government," he added.
The chairman of the Task Force on Jihad against Inflation, Tan Sri Annuar Musa, announced on Aug 1 that palm cooking oil in five-kilogramme bottles would be sold at RM34.70 starting from Aug 8. - Bernama