Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Ministry launches festive price control scheme

ENSURING FAIR PRICE AND SUFFICIENT SUPPLY: Ismail (right) cuts the rope as a gimmick to launch the scheme as Idrus (second left) and Lee (fourth left) look on.

BINTULU:  The Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (MDTCC) launched the Hari Raya 2011 festive season price control scheme for Bintulu Division including Tatau and Sebauh sub-districts yesterday which will take effect for 15 days from August 23 until September 6.

It was officially launched by Bintulu Resident Ismail Mohd Hanis at MDS (Kemena) Supermarket. Also present were MDTCC Bintulu branch assistant enforcement officer Idrus Nalin and MDS (Kemena) manager Lee Shing Kai.

The scheme involves 20 items, namely live chicken, standard chicken, super chicken, local beef, imported beef, local buffalo meat, imported buffalo meat (India), chicken eggs grade A, B and C, imported round cabbage, red chilli, tomato, whole coconut (wholesale level only), grated coconut (retail level only), shallot (India), imported onion, imported garlic (China) and Indian mackerel.

Idrus advised traders to attach pink price tags on the price-controlled items to let consumers know about

He said the scheme was launched to ensure adequate supply and affordable price of the items during this festive season.

He also said traders failing to comply with the controlled prices would be compounded under Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.

Traders not displaying price tags and pink price tags would be compounded RM100 and those selling the items above their controlled prices would be slapped with a compound of RM250 (minimum) and RM5,000 (maximum) while corporations can be compounded up to RM250,000.

Complaints can be forwarded to MDTCC Bintulu branch at 086-332176 or emailed to or by visiting e-aduan at http:///

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