KPDNHEP Sibu records 169 cases for various offences in 2021

An enforcement officer checking the price of a Covid-19 self-test kit.

SIBU, Feb 10: A total of 169 cases have been reported to the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) involving various offences regarding the selling of goods and services.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) Sibu chief Kelyn Bolhassan in a statement today said the bulk of the cases were classified under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Regulations 1988, with 70 cases.

This was followed by the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 with 49 cases, Weights and Measures Act 1972 (39 cases),Trade Description Act (three cases), Control of Supply Act 1961 (seven cases), and one case under the Direct Selling and Anti Pyramid Act 1993.

He said the offences were committed for the whole of 2021 where the department inspected a total of 9,092 premises here, which included grocery stores, markets, supermarkets, and convenience stores.

“For the period Jan 1 to Dec 31, 2021, we received a total of 100 complaints, ranging from pricing complaints to misleading advertisements, counterfeit goods, vehicle workshop complaints and more,” he said.

Kelyn also advised consumers to be careful when making online transactions.

“The public needs to ensure that online marketplaces or online sales site are safe before making any purchases. I also want to advise the people not to be easily deceived with scratch and win activities offered by certain individuals by offering lucrative prizes to deceive and defraud the public,” he said. — DayakDaily