Traders selling beef above ceiling price nabbed

A butcher is seen cutting meat at a market in Selangor. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
A butcher is seen cutting meat at a market in Selangor. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

PADANG BESAR, July  5 — Failing to display price tags and selling local beef above the controlled ceiling price were identified among offences by traders ahead of Aidilfitri tomorrow.

Perlis Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Sabry Ahmad said the ceiling price of local beef was RM30 per kilogramme but traders were selling at RM36 per kg.

“This is because a handful of traders doing business on the edges and corners of the streets and on lorries, are not complying with the stipulated price. They are also not displaying the special pink price tags for controlled items.

“This development is not good for consumers who end up as victims,” he said after an inspection and survey during ‘Ops Harga Pra Musim Perayaan’ at the morning market in Balai Baru, Beseri here, today.

Sabry said besides beef, there were also traders who failed to comply with the controlled price of RM7.90 per kg for chicken and were charging RM8.70 per kg.

He said during the Festive Season Price Control Scheme campaign for Hari Raya Aidilfitri 2016 which started on June 19, nine dealers were compounded RM1,800 until today.

In an inspection at the morning market in Balai Baru, Batu Dua, Simpang Empat and Pauh today, compounds totalling RM300 were imposed on two traders who violated the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011, he said. 

The price of 22 types of goods have been placed under the controlled items list in conjunction with the Aidilfitri celebration to ensure there are no price hikes which will burden consumers. — Bernama

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