PM Najib wants those who raise food prices to be charged in court

PUTRAJAYA - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has directed the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry to take stern action against business operators who raise food prices.

He said this includes charging them in court.

"If they are found increasing their prices, the government will not hesitate to take action."

Najib said this was to ensure the people felt comfortable and at ease, especially with the current hikes in the prices of goods.

He said this at a dinner function attended by hundreds of cooperative members of the Malaysian Indian Muslim Congress (Kimma) at Putra World Trade Centre here.

The dinner was organised to express Kimma's appreciation for Najib and Barisan Nasional's undivided support for the Indian Muslim community.

Present were Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, KopKimma president Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Harun Nizam and Kimma president Senator Datuk Syed Ibrahim Kader.

They were entertained with a multimedia presentation, singing and cultural dance performances.

Najib also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between KopKimma and Bank Rakyat.

He said the government, in support of KopKimma's first Ar-Rahnu franchise, had promised to channel RM1 million (S$386,000) to the cooperative.

Earlier, Najib also chaired the National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs meeting here, where it was decided that all private tahfiz school operators must register as Government-Assisted Religious Schools (SABK).

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said the decision, made during the meeting attended by menteris besar, aimed at streamlining the schools' curriculums to include academic subjects, ensuring that they produced well-rounded individuals in academic and religious studies.

He said the menteris besar were asked to advise tahfiz school operators in their states to register under SABK.

Jamil Khir, who is in charge of religious affairs, said Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mathematics, Religious Education and History were among the subjects that would be included in the curriculums.

"The government wants to see future tahfiz school-leavers have another option in their career paths, becoming professionals or experts in other fields (apart from religion)."