Seasonal fruit traders reminded to comply with pricing and weighing scales requirements

A KPDNHEP officer inspecting price tags at a durian trader's stall in Bintulu during a recent operation. Photo credit: Ukas

KUCHING, July 29: The Domestic Trade and Consumers Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) Bintulu office reminded all seasonal fruit traders to continue to practise ethical business and comply with regulations.

According to a report from Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) today, KPDNHEP Bintulu enforcement chief Nazari Hassan said traders must display a clear price tag for each unit, type or weight of the fruits that are for sale.

“As such, fruit that are being sold according to its weight, must use the International System of Units (SI) only. The weighing and measurement equipment must be in good condition, verified and still within its validity period, balanced, accurate, including not being tempered with and manipulated.

“The traders are also advised to not take advantage and profit unreasonably, and offer good quality products,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Nazari noted, KPDNHEP Bintulu will continue to conduct inspections to monitor the traders’ compliance with regulations and standard operating procedures (SOPs).

“This is to protect the consumers and at the same time improve the traders’ business ethics,” he added.

Nazari also disclosed that a total of 12 premises throughout Bintulu district have been inspected by KPDNHEP Bintulu office during a recent operation.

He said during the operation, all of the traders inspected, were found to be in compliance with regulations such as displaying clear price tags and using valid weighing equipment.

“It is a good development as businesses are becoming more ethical and in compliance with the laws that have been set.

“This is because the durian traders, as well as the seasonal fruits traders, are subject to the Section 21 of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act (AKHAP) 2011 and the Weights and Measures Act 1972,” he said.

Meanwhile, KPDNHEP reminded consumers to spend wisely and practise their right to choose during this uncertain economic situation.

KPDNHEP also advises consumers to channel any information regarding unethical traders or business practices to the ministry through, Ez ADU mobile application, Enforcement Command Centre (ECC) 03-8882 6245/6088, call the Malaysia Government Call Centre (MYGCC) at 03-8000 8000, or report directly to any of the 72 KPDNHEP office branches throughout the country. — DayakDaily