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KUCHING, July 28: The Ministry of Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Sri Aman branch has taken action against a premises in Sri Aman for selling 17 packets of 1kg cooking oil under one transaction.
“Upon further inspection on the premises sales receipt, the operation teams found that there was a sale on July 26 of more than 3 packets,” KPDNHEP Sri Aman enforcement chief Al Redzamani Abdul Razak said during an undercover operation conducted recently.
“The premises was found to have violated Section 12A of the Supply Control Act 1974, for failure to comply with the Controller’s instructions regarding the control of the sale of 1kg polybag cooking oil of 3 packets per transaction dated July 21.
“Preliminary evidence was obtained through sales receipts seized from the premises,” he said in a statement today.
Al Redzamani said KPDNHEP Sri Aman also confiscated the premise’s Controlled Good License (CSA), including its sales and supplier invoice.
“The raid was carried out following complaints and feedback from consumers on KPDNHEP’s social media regarding the difficulty in obtaining the supply of one kilogram packets of cooking oil in their area,” he added.
He pointed out that under Section 12A of the Supply Control Act 1974, each consumer is only allowed to buy three packets of the oil and traders or retailers must ensure that the set limit is not violated.
Meanwhile, Al Redzamani said wholesalers and retailers who sell controlled goods must always comply with the supply controller’s instructions that have been issued or face strict action if they fail to comply with the enforced regulations.
“Any individual who commits the offense can be prosecuted under Control of Supplies Act 1961 (AKB 1961) (Act 122), and if convicted may be fined not more than RM1,000,000 while for subsequent offenses not exceeding RM3,000,000 for individuals or imprisonment not exceeding three years or both.
“While for the company if found guilty, the fine cannot exceed RM2,000,000 while for subsequent offenses it cannot exceed RM5,000,000,” he said.
He also encouraged the public to be the eyes and ears of the authorities by providing cooperation if they have any information regarding the activities of misappropriation of controlled and subsidized goods.
Member of the public can contact KPDNHEP through its WhatsApp at 019-2794317/019-8488000, PortalAduan at e-aduan.kpdnhep.gov.my, Call Centre 1-800-886-800, email at firstname.lastname@example.org and EzADU KPDNHEP mobile app. — DayakDaily