‘Sufficient supplies of essential food items for Christmas’

Sayed Mohd Nizam (right) inspecting for pink price tags on controlled items after the price control scheme launch in Miri.

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Dec 23: The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) in Miri gives its assurance that there will be sufficient supply of essential food items for the upcoming Christmas celebration in the city.

Disclosing this after launching the price control scheme here, KPDNHEP Miri deputy head, Sayed Mohd Nizam Sayed Zahari said they are monitoring the situation to ensure no shortages occur in conjunction with the festive season.

The price control scheme was launched simultaneously nationwide today (Sunday) and will be in effect until Dec 27.

A total of 14 meat and vegetable items are under the price control scheme.

Sayed Mohd Nizam said during the enforcement period, these items cannot be sold at prices higher than those set by the ministry.

Today’s launch in Miri was held at Boulevard Hypermarket in Jalan Pujut.

Controlled items (price per kg) under the scheme include live chicken (RM6.70); standard chicken (RM8.50); super chicken (RM 9.50); chicken wings (RM12); imported turkey (RM30) and imported bone-in mutton or imported bone-in lamb (RM30).

Meanwhile for eggs Grade A, B and C , these are to be sold at 39 sen; 38 sen and 37 sen each respectively.

The ceiling price for tomatoes under the price control scheme is RM7 per kg; Indian green bell pepper (capsicum) (RM15 per kg); pork belly (RM19.50 per kg) and pork meat (RM18.50 per kg).

On another note, Nizam also disclosed that the ministry’s Miri branch has recorded a total of 99 cases for various offences so far this year which involved items seized amounting to RM17,033.10 with compounds paid at RM14,500, compared to 81 cases the previous year (2017).

“In 2017, the seizures were worth RM245,439 with compounds paid totalling RM21,050,” he said.

He added that despite the higher number of cases recorded this year compared to the same period in the previous year, the significant difference in the value of seizures and compounds paid was because of the current value of the items seized for the corresponding year.

Most of the offences committed were framed under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011. — DayakDaily