PUTRAJAYA — November 8, 2016: — The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) will put up a list of 285 brands of subsidised cooking oil to prevent consumer confusion between subsidised and recycled cooking oil.
The initiative is also to prevent irresponsible people from taking advantage in selling recycled cooking oil as subsidised cooking oil in packets.
“We will announce the brands of subsidised cooking oil. If not listed then it is not subsidised,” Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddinhe told a press conference here today.
The ministry will also convene a meeting with recycled cooking oil producers to discuss matters including packaging and targetting of consumers of recycled cooking oil.
According to Hamzah, the packaging of recycled cooking oil should differ from subsidised cooking oil to prevent confusion among consumers.
“Recycled cooking oil is not necessarily sold for human consumption. It could be for other purposes like the production of animal feed, soap and biodiesel,” said Hamzah.
KL Bumiputra Petty Traders and Hawkers Association vice-president Muhamad Baba Kutty said that over 69,000 petty traders and hawkers in the capital would be affected if the ministry decided to restrict the purchase of subsidised cooking oil in 1kg packets by food stall operators and hawkers.
“Most of the traders and hawkers buying the subsidised cooking oil are middle-income earners who are trying to run small food stalls.”
It was reported that the ministry was mulling over a mechanism to restrict this group from buying the subsidised 1kg packets to put balance on the stocks of the commodity in the market.
Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association chief activist Datuk Nadzim Johan said the mechanism would only bring a bigger negative impact, especially in the price of food.
In Seremban, the Negri Sembilan branch of KPDNKK seized 26,000kgs of cooking oil in a raid at the Tuanku Jaafar industrial area today. The place was found to have been operating without a licence. — Bernama