KUCHING: The Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) will not compromise with Ramadan bazaar traders who do not comply with instructions to display prices of food items.
According to its state deputy director Md Nawawi Ab Rahman, traders are required to display the price of products being sold at the bazaar.
In view of this, he said around 200 KPDNKK enforcement officers will be stationed at Ramadan bazaars throughout the state daily to monitor and conduct checks on the compliance of price displays among the traders.
“The traders ought to remember that stern action will be taken against those who fail to comply with the regulations,” he said when met after conducting checks at the Kota Sentosa Ramadan Bazaar here yesterday.
Md Nawawi stressed that action will be taken against the offending trader under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 in which the offender will be penalised.
“For individuals who do no comply with the Price Control Order (Price Indication by Retailer) 1993, they can be fined not more than RM50,000 or two years’ jail or a compound of not more than RM25,000.
“For companies, they can be fined not more than RM100,000 or a maximum compound of RM50,000 for the first offence,” he explained.
Md Nawawi pointed out that since the first day of Ramadan, KPDNKK Sarawak has conducted checks on 2,965 Ramadan bazaars statewide.
He, however noted that no case or complaints have been reported so far.
Consumers who come across traders who do not comply with the regulations are urged to channel their complaints to KPDNKK by calling 03-8000 8000, toll-free line 1-800-886-800, email to [email protected] or SMS to 15888 by typing ‘KPDNKK ADUAN <complaint details>’ to any KPDNKK offices throughout the state.