PUTRAJAYA – The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry’s (KPDNKK) enforcement unit seized about 40 tonnes of cooking oil worth over RM112,000, said its enforcement director Mohd Roslan Mahayudin.
He said 16 cases involving hoarding of cooking oil, selling without licence, selling at excessive prices and holding excess inventory of controlled items were recorded from Oct 21 to Nov 1.
Speaking to the media after conducting a price check at a supermarket here today, Mohd Roslan said almost 12,000 manufacturers, packers, wholesalers and retailer premises nationwide were inspected following the announcement of the cooking oil subsidy rationalisation.
The government recently announced that the price of cooking oil in 1 kilogramme (kg) packets will remain at RM2.50/pack whereas cooking oil in bottles weighing above 1 kg would be based on market prices following restructuring of the Cooking Oil Stabilisation Scheme.
“We urge traders to comply with the RM2.50 selling price for 1kg and not sell the subsidised oil as non-subsidised products to try to make more profits,” he said.
He said KPDNKK enforcement officers would continue to monitor prices and reminded traders that stern action would be taken against errant traders flouting the Price Control Act and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.
Meanwhile, in KANGAR the Perlis Malay Association (PEMANIS) expressed concern over possible rampant sale of recycled cooking oil following the increase in cooking oil prices.
Its president Datuk Mohd Zain Hamzah said the situation was bound to happen as there were unscrupulous people out there who are ready to take advantage of difficulties faced by the people.
He said consuming recycled cooking oil would have a negative impact on health and in the long run could lead to diseases such as cancer.
“Hopefully the government will not overlook this possibility and will come up with measures to counter problems arising from the price increase of this essential item,” he told Bernama here today.
Mohd Zain said the people most likely to resort to recycled cooking oil were food vendors, stalls and restaurant operators. – BERNAMA