GEORGE TOWN - Traders have been warned to abide by the price control scheme, which is in effect now for 12 days during the Chinese New Year period, or face a hefty fine and possibly jail term as well.
Deputy Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah said offenders could be fined up to RM100,000 (S$37,770), or jailed not more than three years or both upon conviction.
"We have some 2,000 enforcement officers authorised to issue fines on traders and confiscate their goods, and some 10,000 regular officers nationwide to conduct regular checks at the markets and supermarkets," he said in a press conference after launching the Chinese New Year Price Control Scheme at Sunshine Square in Bayan Baru yesterday.
Under the scheme, which was effective from yesterday until Feb 25, traders are urged to display the prices of controlled items in pink labels on top.
The 13 controlled items for Chinese New Year are live chicken, standard chicken (slaughtered and dressed with leg, head, liver and gizzard or any parts thereof), super chicken (slaughtered and dressed without leg, head, liver and gizzard), Grade A, B and C chicken eggs, imported round cabbage from Indonesia and China (not including Beijing cabbage), garlic, white pomfret (between 200g and 400g each), large banana prawns, pork (belly, lean and fat), and live pig.
The public can call the 1Malaysia One Call Centre (1MOCC) at 03-8000 8000 or toll-free at 1-800-886-800, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Johor Baru, at least 185 Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry officials will be moving around in the state to ensure that traders stick to the price guidelines during the festive season.