13 items to fall under Malaysia's Ramadan price control scheme

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Thirteen items, including chicken and beef, are expected to be put under the price control scheme for Ramadan at the end of this month.

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Sri Hasan Malek said this was currently being discussed in stages with various groups.

"At the moment, we are still talking to suppliers, farmers and the Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Ministry to ensure zero problems," he told reporters after launching a joint cleaning programme with hawkers at Jalan Masjid India here yesterday.

The regulatory scheme, which was normally enforced a week before and after Ramadan, would be announced soon, assured Hasan.

The scheme under the Price Control and Anti-profiteering Act 2011 is aimed at ensuring that consumers get necessary items for the celebration at a controlled price and preventing profiteering by traders.

"The most recent price control scheme carried out in Sabah and Sarawak for this year's Gawai Dayak and Kaamatan festivals was a success as there were no cases reported of traders selling beyond the maximum price.

"I hope that the same will happen in the peninsula during the month of Ramadan and Hari Raya," said Hasan, adding that enforcement officers would also be monitoring the situation.

"The public can lodge complaints about errant traders by calling the 1-800-886-800 hotline or go directly to our nearest ministry's office," he said.

Hasan also advised hawkers and petty traders operating at Jalan Masjid India not to overcharge their customers during the festive season.

"Our Prime Minister has set aside RM45mil under the Ramadan Bazaar i-Micro Financing scheme for petty traders and hawkers to carry out business during Ramadan.

"In addition to keeping the area clean, they should relish the opportunity to make good and honest profits through this scheme."