Thursday, October 29, 2009

Standardised prices for seven more areas in Bintulu

BINTULU: The Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism (MDTCC) will extend its scheme for the standardisation of prices of several subsidised goods to seven more areas here soon.

Its Bintulu branch acting chief, Muhammad Daud Ali, said that the new areas are Sangan, Kuala Nyalau, Muput, Nangga Tau, Sigu, Sg Asap and Kuala Penyarai.

Currently, the scheme benefits consumers in Tubau, Kuala Tatau, Pandan and Kuala Binyo here.

Daud said the ministry had introduced the scheme which covers goods like sugar, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), petrol, diesel and rice because these goods tend to be more expensive in the rural areas due to the cost of transportation.

“We want to ensure everyone, no matter where they are, will enjoy controlled and subsidised goods at the same price,” he said at the ‘Majlis Mesra Pengguna and Ramah Tamah Aidilfitri’ at Wisma Persekutuan here.

Meanwhile, Daud said the government was committed to protecting the rights of consumer and in line with this, his ministry had legislated several laws.

“There are nine laws legislated aimed at eradicating any violations in trading activities such as intellect property rights, subsidised items, essential items and also prices.

“Apart from that a consumer claims tribunal was also introduced to solve issues which concern claims and compensations,” he said.

He added that to diversify the ministry’s efforts in protecting consumers, a National Price Council was introduced to address the increase in prices of goods and their shortages in the country so as to tackle inflation.

The council protects the people from any inappropriate increase of prices and it made sure the stockpiles of essential goods are sufficient, said Daud.

He pointed out that there are about 1,000 price monitoring enforcers appointed nationwide.

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