Stern action against traders who sell cooking oil at high prices

KPDNHEP enforcement officers monitoring the price of cooking oil.

KUCHING: Traders found raising the price of cooking oil will have stern action taken against them under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act (AKHAP) 2011.

The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) said it had initiated continuous monitoring and inspection on cooking oil supply throughout the state, covering the entire distribution chain of manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers.

“This is to avoid unscrupulous acts while ensuring that the distribution chain of wholesalers and retailers is not affected and the supply of basic necessities is adequate for all consumers,” it said in a statement on Monday (Jan 18).

Since 2016, the Sarawak government through KPDNHEP had been providing subsidies for cooking oil in 1kg polybag to ensure that the people get cooking oil at a price of RM2.50 per kg.

“Currently, there are 13 cooking oil packaging companies throughout the state, including Kuching, Bintulu and Miri areas with a total distribution of 3,865 metric tonnes of subsidised cooking oil per month to be distributed throughout the state, including in rural areas.

“Sarawak KPDNHEP is committed to ensuring the availability of subsidised cooking oil in the market through monitoring of cooking oil packaging companies as well as conducting daily inspections at the wholesaler and retailer levels.”