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Twenty-one items under price control for Hari Raya

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PUTRAJAYA, June 13 2017 : The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) has listed 21 items under the Festive Season Price Control Scheme for Aidilfitri celebration.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin said the control would be effective from June 16 to June 30 for 14 days, which is eight days before the festival, one day for Aidilfitri and five days after it.

“This scheme will be implemented under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011,” he told a press conference to announce the ceiling price of controlled items for Aidilfitri 2017. here today.

The ceiling price had been set for 21 controlled items in 91 districts in Peninsular Malaysia; 32 in Sarawak; 27 in Sabah and one in Labuan.

Hamzah said the ceiling price for producers, wholesalers and retailers was base on information obtained from price monitoring from 2016 until June 2017 based on the price obtained by the KPDNKK each week.

“We also obtained information from related agencies like the Agriculture Department, the Veterinary Department, the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) and the Malaysian Fisheries Development Board as well as discussions with producers, importers, suppliers and retailers.”

Hamzah said KPDNKK enforcement officers would be stationed in public places like day markets and farmers’ markets to prevent any profiteering activities by unethical traders.

For the offence of selling controlled items at prices higher than the ceiling price, the traders could be fined up to RM100,000 and imprisoned not more than three years, or both, or compounded up to RM50,000.

Companies which failed to observe the ceiling prices could be fined up to RM500,000 or compounded up to RM250,000.

“Traders who fail to display the special pink price tags can be fined up to RM10,000 or compounded up to RM5,000 for individuals and fined up to RM20,000 or compounded up to RM10,000 for companies,” he said.

The list of controlled items are live chicken, standard chicken (slaughtered and clean, including legs, head, liver, bile or any other parts), super chicken (slaughtered and cleaned without legs, head, liver and bile), grade A, B and C chicken eggs, local beef (not controlled in Sarawak and Labuan), imported beef (Sarawak only), Indian buffalo meat (uncontrolled in Sarawak).

Also controlled are red chilies, tomatoes, imported round cabbage (Indonesian and Chinese, except Beijing cabbage), whole coconut (controlled at wholesale only), grated coconut (controlled only at retail stage), shallots (India), garlic (China), imported large onions, imported potatoes (China).

Also on the list of controlled items are fish such as kembung, mabung, selayang and tongkol. – Bernama

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