NABAWAN: Sabah traders, especially in the interior areas have been advised to report to the state Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (KPNDKK) if there are suppliers and wholesalers who increased the prices of goods, using the Goods and Services Tax as an excuse.
Sabah’s Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid said such reports were important so that the authorities could take stern action against wholesalers and suppliers who randomly increased the prices of goods.
“I have directed KPNDKK officers to identify suppliers and wholesalers who are involved in such activities,” she told Bernama after surveying the prices of goods in Nabawan and Sook here today.
Jainab said traders in areas she had visited complained that suppliers and wholesalers increased the prices of goods, forcing them to increase their prices.
“The traders have to cooperate with the KPDNKK and report any wholesaler and supplier who increased prices in the name of GST. Report to us, giving evidence, so that action can be taken against the supplier not the trader.
“The wholesalers and suppliers do not seem to understand (the actual implementation of the GST). Right now, we have to go (monitor) them and find out their reasons and excuses for increasing the prices of goods,” she said.
During the survey, the KPDNKK also placed a complaint box to gather feedback on GST issues, including problems faced by the people in the interior areas.
Meanwhile, Jainab also advised traders to display prices of goods and arrange them accordingly on shelves, so as not to confuse the consumers.
“They must also identify and separate goods with GST and goods without GST,” she said.- BERNAMA