Grocery store fined RM250

Miri KPDNHEP enforcement officers inspecting premises within the city centre on Saturday.

MIRI: A grocery store was fined RM250 for not displaying the price for canned food sold at the premises on Saturday.

Miri Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) enforcement chief Joe Azmi Jamil said the fine was issued after enforcement officers conducted checks around the city centre on Saturday in an operation held at 11am.

“The compound was issued on the spot to the grocery owner for not abiding by the rules,” Joe added.

The checks carried out by the Miri KPDNHEP was to ensure that there was no price hike on items listed under the Festive Season Maximum Price Control Scheme (SHMMP) for Chinese New Year (CNY) 2021.

Joe added there was no price hike on essential goods listed under the scheme.

He also reminded traders and retailers not to raise prices without valid reason during the implementation of the SHMMP to gain profit.

Retailers who fail to comply with the scheme will be individually penalised with a fine of RM100,000 or imprisonment for no longer than three years or both, or to pay compound up to RM50,000.

Organisations would be fined up to RM500,000 or pay a compound of up to RM250,000.

Failing to mark the price of controlled items would mean a fine of RM10,000 or compound of up to RM5,000 for individuals, while organisations would face RM20,000 or compound of up to RM10,000.