Several traders at Larkin market caught flouting Hari Raya price control scheme

  • Nation
  • Friday, 21 Apr 2023

Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Minister Salahuddin Ayub at the Larkin Market in Johor on April 21, 2023. – Bernama

JOHOR BARU: Several traders at a market here have been found selling goods above the prices set under the Festive Season Maximum Price Control Scheme (SHMMP), says Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub.

The Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Minister said he had received complaints from the public about Larkin market traders selling goods at unreasonable prices.

"I checked on it myself this morning and found there are indeed those who have failed to adhere to the set prices.

"I have told enforcement officers to take appropriate action, whether it is a just a warning or to take more stern action if it is a repeated offence," he said at the Larkin market here on Friday (April 21).

He said that the traders were found selling imported buffalo meat at RM24 per kilogramme when the maximum price was set at RM20.

"We have conducted similar checks at several other locations and have yet to come across other such cases.

"Due to the proximity of this market to the Singapore border, there are those taking advantage of the situation by putting higher price tags on their goods.

"We will take closely monitor the prices of goods sold in areas near the border. Stern action will be taken against those taking advantage of the situation," he said.

On another matter, Salahuddin said that there are no signs of panic buying for Hari Raya Aidilfitri so far.

"I believe people are more prepared this year and have already made early preparations," he said.

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