MELAKA, January 3 – The Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has appointed 58 district wholesalers and 140 district retailers involved in the supply and distribution of basic necessities in Melaka.
Melaka KPDNHEP director Norena Jaafar said appointees should report daily on the status of essential items to the agency to ensure there is an adequate supply of basic necessities.
“Consumers in areas affected by flooding are advised to take good care of their health and safety and not to panic, as the ministry is committed to ensuring that the supply of controlled items is always available in the market and that the supply of basic necessities is not interrupted, ”she said in a statement here today.
Norena said that under Op Cakna, Melaka’s KPDNHEP is also focusing on five types of premises, those that sell electrical items, furniture, vehicle parts and motor vehicle workshops for make sure no one is trying to make a profit.
She said the government still takes price hikes in basic necessities seriously, especially after several states were hit by floods and severely affected citizens.
“The Melaka KPDNHEP would like to remind all traders to always comply with the rules and laws set by the government, especially during the flood season to ensure the sustainability of commerce in the state,” she added.
Norena also said she presented food aid to 1,000 flood evacuees at seven state relief centers as part of the KPDNHEP Foodbank program on January 1 and 2.
She said the donations were made to the rescue centers of Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Krubong (296 evacuated), Dewan PPR Krubong (50 evacuated), SK Taman Merdeka (197 evacuated), Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) Malim ( 125 evacuees), Balai Raya Gadek (33 evacuees), Sekolah Rendah Agama (SRA) Jabatan Agama Islam Melaka (JAIM) Jelatang (223 evacuees) and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Seri Pengkalan (162 evacuees). – Bernama