Ministry of Internal Trade: Nearly 1,800 cases of controlled goods worth over RM27 million seized nationwide since 2018

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Azman Adam (2nd from left), Director of Enforcement of the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP), leads an inspection operation for the supply of daily necessities at the business premises of Sinsheng Tat Trading Sdn Bhd in Cherok Tokun Industrial Park, Bukit Mertajam on June 19, 2022. — Photo by Bernama

Sunday, June 19, 2022 8:12 PM MYT

BUKIT MERTAJAM, June 19 – The Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has seized RM27.23 million worth of goods involving 1,773 cases of diversion of controlled and subsidized goods from 2018 to last month.

KPDNHEP Law Enforcement Director Azman Adam said his department always takes prompt action, including regular monitoring and inspections, to curb the diversion of controlled items to neighboring countries.

He said continued enforcement during the period recorded 367 cases involving cooking oil, 197 cases (wheat flour), 322 cases (petrol), 301 cases (diesel) and 586 cases of gas. kitchen.

“The exit of subsidized goods across the international borders of the country is one of the concerns of KPDNHEP as we do not want this benefit for our people to be wasted by profiteers.

“The KPDNHEP is always vigilant to curb this activity as it is a major contributor to subsidy leakage and disruption of supply of controlled goods in the market at this time,” he said here today. today.

He was met after leading an inspection operation of the supply of basic necessities in the business premises of the Cherok Tokun industrial park, as part of the campaign against the hoarding of controlled goods.

Azman also warned individuals or businesses not to encourage the hoarding of controlled items or subsidies to avoid harsh action.

Meanwhile, he said a total of 13 complaints related to hoarding had been received by KPDNHEP across the country from early January to yesterday, which shows a positive impact on consumers and traders following the implementation. implementation of current anti-hoarding operations.

“However, the 13 complaints could not be fully determined as we found that cases were occurring in different locations from the complaints received.

“Therefore, it is important for me to state that if (consumers) want complaints to be investigated effectively, KPDNHEP needs complete data such as addresses and hidden items so that we can investigate quickly,” he said.

He also urged the community to be the eyes and ears of the ministry to ensure that these illegal activities can be rooted out from the ground up. — Bernama

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