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KUCHING, Jan 18: Traders who are found taking advantage of cooking oil subsidies by raising the selling prices without complying with the law can be imposed with stern legal actions under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.
Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Sarawak said it is committed to constantly monitor cooking oil packaging companies while inspecting wholesalers and retailers to avoid such unscrupulous acts.
This is to ensure the availability of subsidised cooking oil in the market and sufficient supply of basic necessities for all consumers.
“KPDNHEP Sarawak has taken the initiative and proactive action by continuously monitoring and inspecting the status of cooking oil supply throughout the state of Sarawak, including the entire distribution chain from manufacturers, wholesalers to retailers,” it said in a statement today.
Since 2016, the state government through KPDNHEP has been providing subsidies for cooking oil in a one-kilogram polybag.
The purpose of maintaining the subsidy until today is to ensure consumers a constant supply of cooking oil for their households at a price of RM2.50 per kilogram.
“Currently there are a total of 13 cooking oil packaging companies throughout Sarawak including the areas in Kuching, Bintulu and Miri, with a total distribution of 3,865 metric tonnes of cooking oil subsidised every month to the whole of Sarawak including rural areas.
“KPDNHEP Sarawak is committed to ensuring the availability of subsidised cooking oil supply in the market by monitoring the cooking oil packaging companies as well as conducting daily inspections at the stages of wholesalers and retailers,” said KPDNHEP. — DayakDaily