13 Malaysian food items under price control in conjunction with Christmas celebrations

PUTRAJAYA - The Government has capped the prices for 13 food items in conjunction with the Christmas celebrations.

The items are live chicken, standard chicken, super chicken (slaughtered and sold without the head, feet, liver and gizzard), imported turkey, local and imported bone-in mutton, imported boneless mutton, imported bone-in mutton leg, tomato, capsicum, and chicken eggs from grades A to C.

The price-control scheme, which varies according to state, will take effect from Dec 23 to Dec 27 in 89 districts in the peninsula, 32 Sarawak districts, 24 Sabah districts, and one district in Labuan.

"Businesses are required to comply with this price-control scheme.

"Individuals who sell these items above the maximum price may be fined up to RM100,000 (S$38,500) in court or jailed not exceeding three years or be compounded up to RM50,000.

"Companies, meanwhile, may be fined up to RM500,000 or compounded up to RM250,000," said Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Hasan Malek here on Wednesday.

He said businesses were also required to display the ceiling price for these items on a special pink tag for the benefit of consumers.

Those who fail to adhere to this rule may be fined up to RM10,000 or compounded up to RM5,000.

Hasan said enforcement officers from the ministry would be on the ground to ensure that the scheme was fully implemented.

He urged consumers to notify the ministry should they find errant businesses which did not comply with the scheme.

More information may be obtained from www.kpdnkk.gov.my and complaints may be lodged through the hotline 1 800 886 800.