2,200 enforcers keeping a close eye to weed out profiteering

PETALING JAYA: The prices of chicken and eggs are in the process of stabilising, say authorities, warning that more checks will be carried out before and during festivals to prevent profiteering.

Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Ministry secretary-general Datuk Azman Mohd Yusof said the prices of chicken and eggs were in the process of stabilising as the industries had taken measures since the massive shortage last year.“They have given their commitment to overcome the shortages.

“We have also yet to fully resume our chicken and egg exports to Singapore. Last time, we only opened up to 50% of the exports to Singapore,” he said.

Azman said while its enforcement officers monitored prices on the ground, it had also been in constant engagement with players in the poultry industry.

“The ministry takes it upon itself to hold engagements – be it through meetings, discussions and even going to the sites – with the industry players to ensure that the high demand is met during the festival season,” he said, vowing to investigate every complaint of alleged profiteering.

“We work very closely with the Agricultural and Food Security Ministry as we are all in charge of food supply,” said Azman.

He said as the celebration of Ramadan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri affected a big percentage of the population, much preparation was carried out in advance, with proactive steps taken by the ministry to ensure demand and supply match.

“Demand for chicken and eggs usually increases during festivals,” he said.

Ministry enforcement director Datuk Azman Adam said there would be more checks than usual prior to and during festival periods as profiteering tended to happen when demand was higher.

“We have a total of 2,200 enforcement officers mobilised to carry out price checks at premises across the country every day. The ministry will not compromise with anyone taking advantage by increasing prices excessively,” he said.

Consumers can lodge complaints on price issues to the ministry via WhatsApp at 019-2794317 or 019-8488000, contact the Call Centre at 1-800-886-800 or email e-aduan@kpdnhep.gov.my.

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