Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Know your rights, help country: Consumers body

BINTULU: Consumers who know their rights are not only protecting themselves from being cheated but they are also helping the government to accelerate the country’s economic growth.

Recognising the crucial role that the consumers play in the country’s economic recovery from the recent recession, State Consumers Movement (SCM) divisional chairman Ismail Mohd Hanis said it was important for consumers to be knowledgeable.

In line with this, he said the government had formed the State Consumers Movement (SCM) to replace the Consumer Affair’s Council to strengthen consumerism.

Ismail, who is the Bintulu Resident, pointed out that SCM’s members comprised consumerism related government departments, local entrepreneurs and non-governmental organisations.

He said they were the best combination to discuss issues about the economy and consumerism. He said this in his speech at the ‘Majlis Mesra Pengguna and Ramah Tamah Aidilfitri’ at Wisma Persekutuan.

“It is my hope as well as the rest of SCM members here, that the local community will make use of this body as a platform to share problems and find the best solutions,” he said.

He said SCM would implement various plans and activities to complement the efforts of the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism (MDTCC).

“Our focus will be on consumer education because this aspect is seen t be the most effective in the long term,” he said, adding that SCM together with MDTCC and the Information Department have organised various activities for the people in Bintulu.

Among the consumerism activities held here this tear were the celebration of Consumer’s Day, Buy Malaysian Products Expo, seminars, quiz and a smart community consumerism programme which was held in collaboration with the Information Department.

“Therefore in line with this year’s Consumer’s Dat theme ‘Consumer’s Power One Consumer, One Voice’, I urge the community in Bintulu in particular to grab the opportunity to enhance their knowledge about consumerism.

“Knowledge or education is the most powerful tool in creating a community that is well-informed and intelligent about consumerism. They know their privileges and how to utilise it,” said Ismail.

Also present at the function were Deputy Resident (Social Section) Ismawi Salleh and MDTCC Bintulu branch acting choef Muhammad Daud Ali.


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