KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Consumer Protection and Welfare Board (LPKPM) today urged the government to ban or restrict only to adults, a game of chance offering hand phones as prizes which is gaining much popularity in the market.
Its president Datuk Seri Dr Saharuddin Awang Yahya in urging the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism (KPDNKK) said the game had a negative impact on children.
“LPKPM has received numerous complaints on the game from parents as the game is addictive.
“It contains elements of gambling, as you just need to insert RM2 bills for each token, and if lucky you may aim for expensive gadgets, such as i-Pad, smartphone and expensive watches,” he told reporters after reviewing the price of controlled items in conjunction with the festive Deepavali season at a supermarket here yesterday.
Unfortunately, he said, the game machine was not limited to any age group and everyone could try their luck, including children aged below 18.
On the the Price Control Scheme conducted during Deepavali season since Oct 13, Dr Saharuddin said the department received more than 10 consumer complaints on non-compliance of traders on the price set for 14 items.
“Most of the complaints involve grocery shop traders and wet market operators in the Klang Valley,” he said.
He said checks were made on the stores involved following the complaints.
“We also work closely with KPDNKK and consumer associations in monitoring prices in supermarkets, grocery stores and wet markets after a festive season as this is the time when traders will take the opportunity to raise prices even before the festive season price control scheme is over,” he said. – Bernama