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By Nur Ashikin Louis
LUNDU, Oct 31: Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi presented Fair Price Shop Award (AKHP) 2021 certificate to BS Supermarket Lundu today.
The AKHP certificate was handed over to the managing director of the supermarket, Lai Boon Seng, in a simple ceremony in front of the premises.
Nanta said the selection of BS Supermarket premises to receive the AKHP certificate is based on the evaluation results that took into account the good compliance performance of the premises, including selling goods at fair prices, quality and being the choice of consumers.
“This criterion is indeed a criterion that must be met by any owner of retail premises to enable them to be listed and subsequently selected as recipients of AKHP certificates,” he told reporters at a press conference after the event.
Nanta who is also Kapit MP further said that the implementation of the AKHP programme is very timely to encourage business premises owners to continue to emphasise services to consumers while selling goods at reasonable and competitive prices without compromising the quality of sales.
“The handing over of the AKHP certificate is also expected to increase the motivation of traders after their businesses were affected by the Covid-19 outbreak. I also hope that this effort can stimulate and revitalise the country’s domestic economy,” he emphasised.
The Fair Price Shop Award (AKHP) was first introduced by KPDNHEP on July 7, 2003.
This year, recognition was given to traders who always ensure the quality, value and services provided to consumers meet the needs and requirements of consumers at an affordable price.
AKHP is a government initiative to increase more comprehensive access to fair price goods and reduce the rising cost of living.
Among the objectives of its implementation is to help consumers identify fair price stores, give recognition to premises that sell products and prices that are affordable and competitive and encourage more fair price stores.
The Fair Price store nominations cover eight categories, namely, grocery stores, mini markets, supermarkets, hypermarkets, food stalls, eateries, bookstores/stationery and clothing stores.
This year, a total of 139 premises in Sarawak were awarded AKHP. These premises will be constantly monitored from time to time to ensure that they continue to comply and maintain the criteria that have been set.
Also present were Tanjong Datu assemblywoman Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Tanjong Datu Youth chief Azizul Annuar Adenan, Lundu District Officer Gustian Durani and KPDNHEP Sarawak director Datuk Stanley Tan. — DayakDaily.