KOTA KINABALU: Stern action will be taken against traders who manipulate the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to rake in profits.
Sabah Minister of Community Development and Consumer Affairs, Datuk Hajah Jainab Ahmad Ayid, said her ministry will step up its monitoring operations and enforcement of enactments related to price control such as the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011, and the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Regulatioons 2014.
“Inspections and enforcements are to ensure business owners not to take advantage on GST implementation and raise their prices,” she said at the DUN Assembly.
She also said her ministry has acted on irresponsible traders who put high prices for their goods, with 145 notices under Section 21 (1) of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act (AKHAP) 2011 has been issued in Sabah .
“Some 459 cases under AKHAP 2011, 30 cases under the Consumer Protection Act 1999, 97 cases under the Trade Description Act 2011 with an additional 318 cases have been dealt with,” she said.
She added that her ministry has taken several alternative steps to ensure business owners not to take advantage by increasing the prices of goods recklessly.
This include the activation of Ops Catut, having cooperation ties with the Malaysian Royal Customs Department, obligatory price tags for traders, monthly sales collaboration with hypermarket and marts by offering cheaper prices for daily necessities, and the continuation of existing programmes such as the Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M). –SayangSabah