Aidiladha: Traders Reminded Not to Take Advantage by Raising Prices – KPDN

Aidiladha: Traders Reminded Not to Take Advantage by Raising Prices – KPDN

SEREMBAN: The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Cost of Living (KPDN) has reminded traders not to take advantage by raising prices when demand is high, especially with the upcoming Aidiladha celebrations.

Deputy Minister Fuziah Salleh said that more than 2,200 enforcement officers and 1,000 KPDN price monitoring officers will be mobilized daily to premises including retail shops and supermarkets nationwide to ensure no traders increase prices arbitrarily.

“We have the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011, and strict action can be taken if there are unreasonable price hikes. During festive seasons, the demand for goods is high, so we hope traders do not raise prices.

“There is no implementation of the Aidiladha Festive Season Maximum Price Scheme (SHMMP), but KPDN will control as usual, and enforcement officers will constantly monitor,” she told reporters after officiating the 2024 National Delegates Assembly (PPN) here today.

She said KPDN is also proactive in monitoring the supply of basic goods in the country, including packet cooking oil for household needs, to ensure there are no leakages since some restaurants also use them.

Meanwhile, Fuziah mentioned that over 60,000 kilograms of food and drinks, estimated to be worth RM700,000, were saved at 147 Ramadan bazaars nationwide through the MySaveFood Ramadan program, involving 2,000 volunteers.

She said the campaign, driven by the ministry with strategic partners such as the Malaysian Youth Organization GEMA and the Student Consumer Movement (GPS) from Higher Education Institutions (IPT), also aims to foster good character among young people.

“The program also received cooperation from each local authority and the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp). We hope this program can be extended to night markets in the future,” she added.

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