KOTA KINABALU: The state Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism (KPDNKK) today has launched the 2015 Festive Season Price Control Scheme beginning on 7 to 23 July.
Its director, Severinus Tukah, said the scheme is implemented under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 and enforced for ten days.
“11 products are listed under the scheme, where it will also be enforced for one day during the celebration day,” he said in a press conference after the scheme launching ceremony at Giant hypermarket, Kolombong.
He said no major changes for maximum retail and market price are made this year compared to 2014, expect for tomatoes, red onions (India), and mackerels where lower prices have been set in several districts in the state.
According to him, the maximum price for chicken (live, standard, and super), eggs (Grade A,B, C) red chillies, tomatoes, coconuts, imported onions and potatoes (China) are maintained due to sufficient supply.
However, maximum price for beef (local, imported), imported buffalo meat, red onions (India), and garlic (China) are set higher due to the supply and demand factor well as to follow the current market price.
“The decision for maximum price is made based on KPDNKK monitoring in the country for January to June 2015 period and after negotiating with goods producers and retailers,” he added.
In this matter, he advised traders to adhere to the regulations stipulated by the government and to put pink price tags on their items to differentiate controlled goods from other merchandise. – SayangSabah