KPDNHEP launches ‘Ops Menu’ to protect ‘Keluarga Malaysia’ from unethical restaurants, eatery operators

Azman Adam

KUCHING, Nov 5: The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has launched ‘Ops Menu’ to conduct inspections and carry out enforcement on restaurants and eateries to prevent price manipulation or fraud.

KPDNHEP enforcement director Azman Adam in a statement today said the operation was launched to ensure compliance with legislation related to price tagging and the use of valid weighing instruments for trading purposes.

“The operation will focus on inspections on all fast food premises, including Malay, Chinese, Indian, Indian Muslim restaurants and food outlets, food courts, seafood restaurants and the like.

“The target of the inspection would involves price tags, as well as the weighing and measuring instruments used by restaurants and eateries,” he said.

Azman reminded all restaurants and eatery operators to always comply with the legislation that has been set, especially in relation to price tagging and scales, to avoid legal action including being prosecuted in court or compounded.

He pointed out that strict action will be taken against traders who fail to comply with the provisions of the law under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering (Price Marking for Goods and Charges for Services) Order 2020.

“If the person is not a corporate body, they may be fined not exceeding RM50,000, or if the person is a corporate body, they may be fine not exceeding RM100,000.

“Meanwhile, for offenses under the Weight and Measure Act (ATS) 1972, traders can be fined not more than RM40,000 or imprisoned not more than three (3) years,” he added.

Azman also advised consumers to be more careful and wise in making choices by selecting ethical restaurants and eateries that are displaying clear price tags and using valid scales for commercial purposes to avoid being deceived.

“If consumers have any information regarding the misconduct of restaurant and eatery owners who violate the law, they can submit a complaint to KPDNHEP through Whatsapp 019-279 4317, portal, Call Centre 1-800-886-800, email, Ez ADU KPDNHEP or Enforcement Command Centre (ECC) 03-8882 6088/6245,” he said. — DayakDaily