14 items under price control

KUALA LUMPUR - Fourteen meat and vegetable items are subject to price control for 10 days from Oct 28 in view of Deepavali which falls on Nov 2.

They are live chicken (RM6.40 (S$2.51) a kilo), standard chicken (RM7.70), super chicken (RM8.50), local mutton with bone (RM35), imported lamb (RM20 for meat with bone and RM24 for boneless meat) and imported lamb thigh with bone (RM24).

Also under price control are the Grade A, B and C eggs, which cost 36 sen, 35 sen and 34 sen each respectively, tomatoes (RM4.50 a kilo), Indian shallots (RM5), imported potatoes from China (RM3) and Australian dhal (RM3.50).

Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Hasan Malek said the maximum prices applied to 89 districts and areas in the peninsula, 32 districts in Sarawak, and 24 districts in Sabah and Labuan.

"The maximum prices were determined based on weekly price monitoring in all districts and areas from January, views of related government agencies and discussions with importers, exporters, suppliers and wholesalers of the listed items," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday.

He said traders must also identify controlled items with pink price tags issued by the ministry.

The price control scheme falls under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.

Under the Act, an individual who sells controlled items above the maximum price can be fined up to RM100,000 and/or jailed for no more than three years.

The person can also be fined up to RM10,000 or compounded up to RM5,000 for not displaying the pink price tag issued by the ministry.

The same offence for a company is punishable with a maximum fine of RM20,000 or a maximum compound of RM10,000.

Meanwhile, in his Deepavali message, MIC deputy president Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam urged Indian youths to continue to equip themselves with competitive skills and uphold moral values and ethics.

"We want a young generation that is successful by virtue of their qualification and a generation that will continue to be respectful in the spirit of filial piety, and to dedicate ourselves to care for our parents and grandparents," he said.

His message emphasised the need to groom a vibrant Indian community in the modern era.