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By Wilfred Pilo
KUCHING, Jan 19: Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Chong Chieng Jen made the wrong call today.
When a woman called his handphone to alert him about her creepy experience of seeing a packet of toddler milk powder, which she had bought, full of little bugs, Chong immediately called for a press conference here to highlight the health scare.
Problem is, the caller is from Kuala Lumpur, but Chong assumed she is from Kuching!
“I thought she was from Kuching, as most people here got my handphone number. And because of the long holiday, I immediately call for a press conference to address the complaint. Anyway, despite all this, our ministry or agencies are still duty-bound to take on public complaints with regards to consumer matters,” he explained to the reporters present.
Chong said since the issue was more of a case of food defects and food contamination, the matter would be referred to the Ministry of Health (MOH) for further action.
“Since her case is in Kuala Lumpur, I will make arrangements for the case from my ministry to be forward to MOH.”
Chong revealed that the complainant told him that she bought the milk powder last week from a local grocery for RM127, and it still has six more months before expiry.
“There are no boundaries to our services. Anybody who feels that the food they bought are not up to the mark and not fit for human consumption, they are always welcome to contact us.”
Present at the press conference was KPDNHEP enforcement officer Robin Emerson Sempurai. — DayakDaily