MELAKA, April 23 – The Melaka Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has revealed that there are still traders who use tricks to raise the prices of goods.
Its manager, Norena Jaafar, said that among those caught using such tricks were buffalo meat traders who bought frozen meat but sold it as fresh.
âDuring our follow-up, we just found out that there were traders selling buffalo meat at RM22 per kilogram (kg) compared to the price set at RM20 (per kg).
“Law enforcement officials had issued warnings, and if this is repeated, compounds will be imposed on traders,” she said at the press conference after monitoring the implementation of the Holiday season maximum price control program, in conjunction with the celebration of Aidilfitri at Pasar Besar Melaka, here today.
The chairman of the State Unity, Community Relations, Labor and Consumer Affairs Committee, Datuk Ismail Othman, was also in attendance.
Norena also advised traders to be smarter to source from wholesalers who offer lower prices, so as not to burden consumers in the current economic situation.
âFor example, there were chicken traders who justified that they had to increase the price because they had purchased from a wholesaler in addition to another wholesaler, and also because they knew the wholesalers. since a long time.
“Traders should be able to find alternatives, buying cheaper supplies from farmers or other wholesalers, and they should be mindful of consumers affected by the price hike,” she said.
Meanwhile, Ismail warned traders to properly display a price tag for each item, so as not to confuse buyers.
âI found out that there were still a few traders putting up confusing price tags, and they had received a warning. Also those who have placed old price tags as well as pink tags for controlled items, âhe said. – Bernama