KUALA TERENGGANU, November 28 – The Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) launched Nationwide Operation Pasar (Sayur 2) from yesterday, to investigate reports of rising prices. vegetable prices, which are said to have increased by up to 200%.
His deputy minister Datuk Rosol Wahid said that from day one, 43 locals and 131 types of vegetables such as choy sum (sawi), beans, broccoli and chili peppers had been inspected, covering all levels of the network. distribution, namely suppliers, wholesalers. and retailers nationwide.
“The ministry has never taken lightly the complaints of consumers and traders about the increase in the price of goods in the market, as we also have families, relatives and friends who are also feeling the repercussion.
“As of yesterday, the KPDNHEP has issued 43 information verification notices and 40 notices to traders to confirm if there is an element of profit or excessive profit taking from the sale of vegetables,” he said. he said during a meeting at the Petronas and KPDNHEP consumer safety campaign program. in Kuala Berang today.
Petronas Dagangan Berhad CEO and Managing Director Azrul Osman Rani was also present.
Rosol added that traders have two days to respond, while for written reviews there is five days for comments.
At the same time, he said that a total of 1,000 price monitoring officers were assigned to daily monitoring 1,500 locations to examine and record changes in the prices of vegetables in the market.
In a separate development, Rosol, who is also an MP for Hulu Terengganu, said Gardenia Bakeries (KL) Sdn Bhd is expected to respond to the ministry’s call to temporarily postpone the increase in bread prices until tomorrow.
He said the recommendation was passed to the company at a meeting on Friday, asking for the rationale for the price change.
“We are also thinking about mechanisms to help them (Gardenia) who are also affected by the rise in wheat prices, which has resulted in the rise in bread prices.
“We want to create a win-win situation for both parties, where traders do not have to shut down the factory, while consumers are not burdened by a price increase of even 10 sen,” he said. he declares. – Bernama