PUTRAJAYA: A total of 58 wholesale premises and 3,197 retail premises nationwide were inspected throughout the 2022 Christmas Festive Season Maximum Price Scheme from Dec 23 to 27, says Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Minister Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub.

“During the period, no complaints were received, and only one legal action was taken against a trader for failing to use the special pink price tag,” he said in a statement here on Friday (Dec 30).

The Christmas price scheme was enforced under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 and prices were fixed at manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer levels.

A total of 11 items were listed as controlled items under the scheme, including live old chicken (for Sarawak only), chicken wings (Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan), imported mutton, tomatoes, green capsicum and imported round cabbage from China and Indonesia.

Elaborating, Salahuddin said throughout the implementation of the scheme, the ministry’s enforcement officers were assigned to strategic locations such as public markets, supermarkets and business premises.

“This strategy allows enforcement and monitoring to be implemented more effectively. We can also give immediate response to consumers’ complaints through enforcement action against traders in the event of non-compliance,” he said.

He also said that based on the ministry’s monitoring and public feedback, the scheme went smoothly, and no price increase was detected.

“The collaboration and improvements made with the Agriculture and Food Security Ministry and its agencies as well as local authorities, producers, wholesalers, retailers and consumers throughout Christmas have contributed to the success of this scheme,” he said. – Bernama