Ministry to monitor haircut rates

KUCHING: The new rates for haircuts should be reasonable, said the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry.  

In a press statement issued Monday, it said it would inspect the barber shops, hair salons and others to ensure the operators were not taking advantage of the situation and complying with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the government.

“The new rates for haircuts should be in line with the additional costs that barbers and hairdressers have to bear.

“Actions will be taken against those found making unreasonably high profits under Section 21 of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 (AKHAP 2011),” the statement said.

It also added that stern action would be taken under Section 14 of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act if the operators were found to have increased the haircut rates excessively and over their profit margins.

“If convicted, an individual will be fined RM100,000 or sentenced to three years’ jail or both, and the company may be fined up to RM500,000,” it added.

The ministry also reported that a total of 171 notices had been issued to errant traders between January 2020 and June 14.

Out of these, 151 notices were issued during the movement control order (MCO), conditional movement control order (CMCO) and recovery movement control order (RMCO).

The ministry added 82 notices were issued to hair salon and services operators.

Consumers can lodge reports with the ministry against any barber shop, hair salon and beauty parlour that impose unreasonable additional charges through WhatsApp at 019- 2794317. They can also call  1 800 886 800 or email e-aduan@kpdnhep.gov.my.