KUANTAN: Strict action may be taken against retailers, who hoard sugar supply or impose conditions on buyers, says Fuziah Salleh.
The Deputy Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Minister said the ministry had received complaints on such activity in Kedah and Perak.
"We will investigate every complaint we receive because this is wrong, and I want to remind all retailers not to do so.
"We can take stern action against them because sugar is a controlled item,” she said.
She was speaking to reporters after handing over Rahmah aid to 300 recipients here Saturday (June 3).
The aid was donated by the Companies Commission of Malaysia through its "wakalah zakat" programme.
It was reported that a shop in Alor Setar, Kedah, was subject to action for selling sugar on a conditional basis where for every purchase of 2kg of coarse sugar, priced at RM2.85 each, the customer must purchase 1kg of premium white sugar at RM4.60 a packet.
The media also reported the seizure of 156kg of coarse white sugar that was believed to be hidden by a trader in Taman Kaya, Taiping, Perak
Both activities can be subject to action under the Control of Supplies Act 1961.
Meanwhile, Fuziah said as of June 2, the ministry had inspected 848 premises in Kelantan, followed by Pahang (597), Terengganu (442) and Kedah (405) through Ops Manis, which was launched to tackle the sugar shortage issue. - Bernama