KPDNHEP seizes controlled items worth almost RM1 million
Last Update: 22/10/2019
PASIR MAS, Oct 22 -- The Kelantan office of the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) has seized controlled items worth almost RM1 million in the state since the beginning of this year.
Its director Adnan Abd Rahman said the amount was from 179 cases and they involved the confiscation of raw items such as sugar, cooking oil, wheat flour and petrol.
"The cases which involved items seized by other agencies amounted to RM316,432.20, while the seizure by the KPDNHEP personnel was valued at RM664,318.82.
"The highest number of cases involved cooking oil (48) and petrol (29),” he told a press conference after attending the launch of the 2019 Deepavali Festive Price Control Scheme (SHMMP DV 2019) at the Pantai Timor supermarket, Lubok Jong, here today.
Adnan said the cooperation between enforcement agencies such as the Marine Police Force (PPM), the General Operations Force (PGA) and the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM), had contributed positively to counter the smuggling of controlled items especially at the Malaysia-Thailand border.
"Although we do not have the authority to carry out arrests, we do share information with other law enforcement agencies that have the authority to do so.
"This cooperation will continue to be intensified by conducting integrated operations and inspections to shops and premises especially at the border to contain the smuggling of controlled items,” he said.
Meanwhile, Adnan said the SHMMP DV 2019 from Oct 20 to Nov 2, was to curb the increase in prices of essential goods with the onset of the Deepavali festive period.
"A total of 19 items were fixed at the maximum price in the implementation of the scheme and they include chicken, meat, eggs, ladies finger, tomatoes, coconuts and dried chillies.
"We will take firm action against traders who fail to comply with the rules under the scheme which will be investigated under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011," he said.