KOTA KINABALU: The authority inspected 5,518 business premises for unscrupulous traders who disregard the regulation for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) which was implemented since 1 April.
Director of Sabah Ministry of Domestic Affairs, Cooperative and Consumerism (KPDNKK), Severinus Tukah, said among the premises monitored in the launched Ops ‘Catut-GST’ are retail shops, supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants, night markets and wet markets.
“From the inspection, about nine business owners have been issued with Notice 21 under the Price Controls and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 after being found to raise their prices of goods and services without a valid reason,” he said, adding that Kota Kinabalu recorded the highest number with seven cases, while Sandakan and Keningau recorded one case.
He also said there are seven cases recorded under the Weight and Measurement Act 1972 by Sabah KPDNKK with the help of Customs Department in the operation.
1,096 premises have been inspected in the fifth-day of the GST implementation, with one Notice 21 issued to a business owner at a supermarket, here.
The business owner will have to give the information and supporting evidences required by the notice before it can be returned to KPDNKK office within three working days, he added.
“Any traders or individual who failed or refuse to give the information as ordered by KPDNKK will be fined up to RM50,000 or two years of jail, or both,” he said.
In the same operation, two traders from Tuaran and Kota Kinabalu have been charged under the Weight and Measurement Act 1972.
In this regard, business owners are advised to follow the regulation to avoid stern action from the authority.
“They (traders) should not make GST as an excuse to raise their prices to gain more profit,” he said.
The public can file their complaints by calling 1-800-886-800, or by going to KPDNKK office branch in their area. – SayangSabah