Ensuring essential goods available, sufficient

Salihin (second left) and his team inspecting the one-kilogramme polybag cooking oil.

MUKAH: The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Mukah branch recorded a total of 68 cases with goods seized worth RM63,806.04 involving compounds totaling RM73,175 from January to December last year.

Its branch chief, Salihin Den said that a total of 4,550 premises were checked ― 3,113 in town and 1,437 in rural areas ― comprising several divisions namely, Mukah, Balingian, Dalat, Oya, Matu, Daro, Tanjung Manis and Pulau Bruit.

From the total of 68 cases, 27 were under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act (AKHAP) 2011,  while 20 cases violated the Control of Supply Act (AKB) 1961, 17 cases were under breach of the Weight and Measures Act (ATS) 1972, Consumers Protection Act (APP) (three) and Trade Description Act (APD) 2011 (one).

“Our operations also included acting on the complaints that have been collected from the consumers,” he said in a statement after conducting a routine check on the supply one-kilogramme polybag packed cooking oil at a supermarket here, today.

Of the total 72 complaints received, some 41 cases were taken up for further actions.

Salihin revealed of the total (72) cases, 11 involved controlled goods, 37 on prices, online transaction (11), misleading service (four), fake trade description (three), weights and measures (three) and one case respectively on imitation good, cheap sale and automotive workshop.

He said that his team of enforcement and price monitoring officers will continue to check thoroughly to ensure that the status of supply of 11 essential goods is always sufficient in the market.

The 11 essential goods included sugar, cooking oil, wheat flour, rice, white bread, powder milk, vegetables, chicken, egg, onions and face masks.