LABUAN – The Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) branch in Labuan has listed several types of items under the Price Control Scheme in conjunction with the Christmas celebration.
The 10-day campaign beginning Dec 19 is part of measures to curb price increases of essential items before, during and after the festival.
Labuan KPDNKK director Arun Fadillah Hamdan said the scheme will be implemented under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.
Among the controlled items with fixed retail prices are live chicken at RM6.60 per kg, standard chicken (RM9.80 per kg), super chicken (RM10.30 per kg), chicken wings (RM11.00 per kg), imported turkey (RM36.00 per kg), imported boned lamb (RM26.00 per kg) and imported boned lamb thigh (RM36.00 per kg).
Other items are chicken eggs grade A (RM0.42 each), grade B (RM0.41 each) and grade C (RM0.40 each), tomatoes (RM4. 00 per kg), green capsicum (RM12.00 per kg), pork (belly) (RM23.00 per kg) and pork (meat and fat) at RM20.00 per kg.
He said the pricing of goods were according to current market prices, taking into account changes, especially for imported goods which depend on prices in the country of origin, as well as changes in currency exchange rates.
“Traders are always encouraged to sell goods at prices lower than the maximum price set if they receive them at a lower price,” he said.
Arun said the ministry’s enforcement officers will inspect and monitor public shopping areas such as markets, farmers markets and supermarkets.
“This is an ongoing effort to protect consumers from excessive profit-taking by unethical traders during the festive season,” he added.
The ministry will also seek cooperation from Friends of KPDNKK (FoK), People’s Volunteer Corps (RELA), the Consumer Squad and community leaders to help monitor and provide feedback on the scheme’s implementation.
The scheme is part of measures taken by the government to reduce the cost of living in the country.