Traders warned against infringing price control ruling

BERA, Aug 12 (Bernama) -- Traders who failed to display the pink price tag on 20 food items under the price control scheme and use weight and measure equipment which has outlived its expire date will be dealt with under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said those who failed to display the pink price tag could be fined up to RM10,000, if convicted.

Traders who sell the items above the price ceiling and failed to display the price tag can be fined up to RM100,000 or jailed up to three years or both, he told reporters after launching the two-week price control scheme starting today and the Aidilfitri sales at the Kerayong Square, Bera here, today.

On his visit to the Kerayong day market, Ismail Sabri said he was satisfied with the traders' attitude as most of them abided by the price control ruling with several food items sold below controlled prices.

In another development, he commended the Federal Territories Consumer Council for mobilising 2,000 members to monitor prices during the festive season, and added that, the effort should be emulated.

He said 2,000 enforcement officers, 1,600 members of the monitoring squad, and 60,000 members of the consumer squad and village headmen were deployed to monitor prices from today.

Complaints against errant traders can be made by calling the ministry's hotline at 1-800-886-800 or http://www.kpdnkk.gov.my website or via SMS to 1588.

In PETALING JAYA, Petaling Jaya Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry chief enforcement officer Muhd Ruhani Abu Bakar said most traders at the Jalan Othman Main Market adhered to the price control ruling.

Meanwhile, Petaling Jaya District Consumer Movement chairman Ismail Abdul Aziz urged the department to monitor the slaughtering of chickens in the market as some stalls did not display the photograph of their chicken slaughterer as required as the job was done by Bangladeshi workers.