PUTRAJAYA, June 15 – The Department of Home Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has taken the necessary steps to ensure that the implementation of the Enhanced Movement Control Ordinance (EMCO) in the Cameron Highlands would have minimal impact on the supply of vegetables.
Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said EMCO may have disrupted vegetable supply and market networks, adding that all divisions of the ministry were ordered to implement appropriate measures to ensure that the The Cameron Highlands vegetable supply is not affected and prices are not rising.
âThe KPDNHEP, through its implementing agents across the country, particularly in Pahang and Perak, will continuously monitor the supply and price of certain types of vegetables which are typically supplied by producers in Cameron Highlands. “He said in a statement today.
The media reported a rise in vegetable prices of up to 40 percent following the application of EMCO in the Cameron Highlands from June 14-27.
According to Nanta, based on price data obtained by the ministry on June 13, the average daily price of vegetables reported in newspapers such as tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage and beans has decreased from the previous day (12 June).
Nanta said the KPDNHEP would impose a control price or maximum price if there was an unreasonable increase in the prices of the items, adding that action would be taken against parties found to be profitable under the Price Control Law and the fight against profits (AKHAP) 2011.
He said traders would be subject to prosecution under Article 14 (1), AKHAP 2011 and if found guilty they could be fined up to RM500,000 for one. company or business, adding for individuals a fine of up to RM100,000 or jail time. a maximum term of three years, or both, could be imposed.
âConsumers are advised not to panic and only buy products according to their needs,â he said. – Bernama