7,791 premises checked, 73 notices issued

KPDNHEP enforcement officers monitor the price of goods throughout the state.

KUCHING: State Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) had conducted inspections on 7,791 premises across the state as of Feb 14 this year.

From that period, the ministry had issued a total of 73 verification notices of goods and prices under Section 21 of Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act (AKHAP) 2001.

Its director Datuk Stanley Tan said these notifications were issued to traders for the purpose of further investigation on whether there was any element of profiteering or price increase.

“Any traders suspected of doing profiteering activities will be investigated and if convicted, he or she will be prosecuted under Section 14 of the AKHAP 2001,” he said in a statement today.

He further said the ministry had acted proactively in continuously monitoring the prices of goods upon receiving information from the public on the issue of price increase on food items and beverages during the Chinese New Year celebration recently.

“A total of 176 enforcement officers from the ministry will continue to monitor and inspect the supply of goods.

“The ministry hopes that the traders in the state will comply with the law and will not take advantage in increasing the prices throughout the festive season.

“Stern action will be taken against traders who commit such offence relating to supply and prices of goods,” he added.