Spot checks at JB markets and supermarkets

JOHOR BARU - The Johor Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry will be conducting surprise spot checks at markets and major supermarkets to ensure customers are not cheated especially with Hari Raya drawing near.

The state ministry's enforcement chief Rosle A. Hamid said that since the Ops Harga was initiated on July 6, his officials had issued compounds amounting to RM15,000 (S$5,900) to at least 150 errant traders.

"The offences that topped our list include not displaying the prices of goods and using weighing scales that do not comply with the set specifications," he said during a spot check conducted at @mart in Tampoi here on Monday.

He said that in the operation at the supermarket alone the authorities had recorded five cases of traders not displaying price tags and seven using weighing machines that were not in accordance with the specifications,

He added that the officials would continue with the checks throughout Ramadan to curb incidences of irresponsible traders trying to make a quick buck during the festive season.

Meanwhile, Rosle said the authorities had also busted a pirated DVD shop and confiscated 8,000 DVDs worth about RM40,000.

"The pirated DVDs were found hidden in a secret room above the ceiling of the premises," he said, adding that the case would be investigated under the Trade Description Act 1972 and the Copyright Act.

According to him, DVD peddlers could face a maximum fine of RM20,000 or a jail term of not more than three years while the company involved could face a maximum fine of RM50,000 as provided under the Trade Description Act.

The culprits were also subject to a maximum fine of RM30,000 for each pirated DVD or a jail term of not more than five years under the Copyright Act 1987.