‘Malaysian Family Maximum Price Scheme’ effective today until Dec 31

File photo of whole chickens for sale.

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KUCHING, Dec 7: The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) will implement the ‘Malaysian Family Maximum Price Scheme’ (SHMKM) from Dec 7 until Dec 31, 2021.

KPDNHEP Sarawak director Dato Stanley Tan in a statement today said it is implemented as a measure to stabilise the price of essential goods at this time while ensuring the availability of supply in the market.

“It will involve price control on certain items such as chicken, chicken eggs and some other types of vegetables,” he said.

During KPDNHEP Sarawak’s visit to Farley Mall in Kuching today, Tan noted, it was observed that all controlled items sold did not exceed the controlled price.

KPDNHEP Sarawak officers are seen inspecting prices of items during their visit to a mall in Kuching recently.

“In fact, we found there were some controlled items sold below the maximum price. This concept is in line with the government’s intention to set a maximum price.

“Traders are also encouraged to sell goods at a price lower than the maximum price if the price obtained is lower,” he added.

Tan also gave assurance that KPDNHEP Sarawak will always implement efforts and measures to stabilise the prices of essential goods, especially during festive seasons.

“If a trader deliberately raises prices without reasonable excuses with the intention of making excessive high profits, the ministry can act under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act (Akhap) 2011,” he said.

Among the items under the price scheme are live chickens, standard chickens (slaughtered and clean, with legs, head, liver and gallbladder or any parts), super chickens (slaughtered and cleaned without legs, head, liver and gallbladder), Grade A chicken eggs (weighing between 65.0 grammes to 69.9 grammes), Grade B chicken eggs (weighing between 60.0 grammes to 64.9 grammes), and Grade C chicken eggs (weighing between 55.0 grammes to 59.9 grammes).

Cucumbers are also on the list of controlled items under SHMKM.

Other items include long beans, red chilli, tomato, green lettuce, imported round cabbage (Indonesia and China, not including Beijing) and cucumbers. — DayakDaily