KPDNHEP raids premises for selling subsidised cooking oil online

KPDNHEP Selangor enforcerment officers are seen recording a statement from a local man at the premises in Petaling Jaya.

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KUCHING, July 4: Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has raided two separate premises in Petaling Jaya and Puchong for offenses related to selling cooking oil.

The ministry in a statement today said the first raid was conducted at a premises located in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, at 12pm today by enforcement officers from KPDNHEP Selangor following a tip-off from the public.

According to the ministry, the premises in Petaling Jaya is a rented residential premises that is used as a storage and packaging store for groceries sold online.

During an inspection of the premises, the authorities found a total of 255kg of subsidised cooking oil in 1kg-packets along with several other types of groceries stored in the premises for sale or distribution to online customers.

“The premises also failed to present any document under the Control of Supply Act 1961 (ABK 1961) from the Controller of Supply to sell the scheduled controlled items, and action was taken against the premises on suspicion of committing an offense under Section 16 of the Control of Supply Act 1961,” it said.

It added a statement was recorded from a local man who claimed to be an assistant and employee of the premises. The 255 packets of cooking oil weighing 1kg with an estimated value of RM637.50 was seized along with several other business documents for further investigation.

Bottles of cooking oil which were stored at a premises in Puchong.

Meanwhile, in a separate raid in Puchong, the raid team found several 1kg, 2kg and 3kg bottles of cooking oil packaging.

Upon further inspection, the premises had a valid retail licence under the Control of Supply Act 1961 but the address registered on the licence is different from the address of the premises used to stored the controlled items.

A statement was recorded from a local woman who claimed to be the supervisor of the premises as evidence to assist the investigation of the premises under the suspicion of committing an offense under Section 20 (1) of the Control of Supply Act 1961, namely storing any controlled goods other than the licensed premises.

A total of 27 units of 1kg, 2kg and 3kg bottles of cooking oil were seized along with several other business documents for further investigation. The total value of the seizure is estimated at RM 858.

KPDNHEP said further investigations into the two cases will be conducted under the Control of Supply Act 1961 to identify the distribution chain for the cooking oil involved, including information about the source of the cooking oil. — DayakDaily