Permit needed to hold sales, retailers warned


SIBU: Retailers here have been warned not to hold sales without applying for a permit from the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (MDTCC).MDTCC Sibu branch head Balraj Singh warned that those who hold sales without permits were liable to be fined up to  RM100,000 or  face three years’ imprisonment.

“Holding a sale without a permit contravenes the Trade Descriptions Act 1972,” he said.

Applications for a permit to conduct a sale could be made at his office, he said.

Balraj said his office had already acted against two traders for such offences this year.

About RM4,000 worth of goods were seized from the two traders.

He assured the public that his personnel were constantly on the ground to check on outlets to ensure that they had proper permits to hold sales.

“In fact, I deployed two enforcement teams to the town for inspection on Wednesday,” he said.

Among others, the MDTCC officers also checked on  traders’ permits to ensure that they were genuine.

For the whole of last year, the ministry received 699 applications for permits to hold sales.

The applications were from furniture shops, supermarkets, shoe shops, optical centres, IT shops and so on.

For those who want to hold sales during the Chinese New Year period, Balraj said they should get their permits earlier.

“A 14-day notice is required for any sale to be held,” he reminded.

Turning to consumers, he advised them to shop wisely.

A smart consumer, he said, would compare prices as well as check the quality of the goods before buying.