KOTA BHARU – Forty-four cases on Goods and Services (GST)-related offences under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 will be brought to court soon.
Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) secretary-general, Datuk Seri Alias Ahmad said since the tax implementation on April 1, 815 investigation papers had been open nationwide.
“We have opened investigations over various offences such as profiteering, no price tags and others.
“We hope all the cases will be brought to court and we are working with the Attorney-General’s Chambers on this, but first we have to complete the investigations,” he told reporters when met at Golden Jubilee dinner of the Mahmud Mahyidin Secondary School here last night.
Also present were Kelantan KPDNKK director, Datuk Ab Ghani Harun and Tumpat Umno Division chief, Datuk Rosdi Abd Aziz.
Alias said the ministry held 283,246 inspections on premises and collected fines worth RM122,000 as well as seized liquid petroleum gas cylinders and other goods worth RM134,000.
He also denied the price hike on goods was due to GST’s implementation as a study indicated that the price of 446 goods in the peninsula had been reduced up to 35 per cent in the third week of March and April.
“Same goes for Sarawak which saw a 40 per cent price reduction on goods and Sabah 41 per cent. Price hikes occur for various reasons, consumers should make be smart in making choices,” he said.
He said in helping the ministry monitoring the price of goods effectively, the public could lodge reports via its online complaint system, e-aduan. – BERNAMA