JELEBU: In conjunction with Aidilfitri this year, theÂ Negeri Sembilan office of the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives andÂ Consumerism (KPDNKK) will place 19 kinds of food items under the 2016 FestiveÂ Season Price Control Scheme (SKHMP) from June 16 to July 6.
State Public Utilities, Environment, Cooperatives and Consumerism CommitteeÂ Chairman Datuk Abu Ubaidah Redza said the 19 items are live chicken, standardÂ chicken, super chicken, local beef, imported buffalo meat (India).
Also listed are grade A, B and C chicken eggs, red chillies, tomatoes,Â coconuts, grated coconut, imported round cabbage (Indonesia and China), shallotsÂ (India), imported big onions, garlic (China), potato imports (China), mackerelÂ (ikan kembung) including ‘ikan mabung’ and ‘ikan selayang’.
“SKHMP proves the government is serious in addressing the rising cost ofÂ living and prices. We always strive to take measures to stabilise the prices ofÂ essential goods, especially during the festive season.
“The implementation period for the scheme is 21 days compared with 17 daysÂ last year and it is under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011,” heÂ told reporters after launching the 2016 SKHMP at the Pasar Awam, Kuala KlawangÂ near here, today.
Abu said traders are required to make sure the price-controlled items do notÂ exceed the maximum price determined by the government and that they need to putÂ a special pink price tag on these items.
Failure to comply will result in the trader being dealt with severely and
be charged a penalty.
If found guilty an individual can be fined up to RM100,000 or imprisoned notÂ exceeding three years or both or compounded up to RM50,000 while a company canÂ be fined up to RM500,000 or compounded up to RM250,000.
For failing to display the pink price tags on controlled items, a trader canÂ be fined up to RM10,000 or compounded up to RM5,000, whereas the company can beÂ fined up to RM20,000 or compounded up to RM10,000.
“Our aim in implementing the scheme is not to frustrate traders, but toÂ ensure that people are not burdened by unreasonable price hikes,” he said.
Meanwhile, Negeri Sembilan KPDNKK deputy director, Saifulbahri Abdul KadirÂ said in previous years the scheme had a good compliance record.
Saifulbahri said about 3,000 enforcement officers and KPDNKK officialsÂ monitoring prices will be in locations frequented by people throughout the stateÂ to carry out inspections.– BERNAMA