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IPOH: The Cameron Highlands Floriculturist Association (CHFA) has pleaded ignorance for announcing its intention to raise flower prices through the media.
Its chairman Lee Peng Fo said the association was unaware that it was wrong to announce price increase following the implementation of the Competition Act 2010, which came into force on Jan 1.
Lee said the association was hauled up by the Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) in May through a letter informing CHFA that it had contravened the law and asked the association to explain.
"We replied to the commission in early June explaining that we were not aware of the new Act.
"We also explained to the commission on why we needed to increase the prices," he said when contacted yesterday.
MyCC is the body tasked with investigating instances of cartels and abuse of the dominant position in the market.
It was reported that any move to fix prices and restrict competition in the market was against the law.
MyCC's chief executive officer Shila Dorai Raj had said that in CHFA's example, investigations were initiated based on a news report in March.
In the report, Lee was quoted to have said its members had agreed to increase prices by 10 per cent.
CHFA has over 100 members who sell their flowers to distributors and wholesalers in Malaysia.
Lee said the association would not go to the media to announce any price increase in future.
"The people will have to find out from their florists," he said.
He added that the association only had noble intentions of going to the media to announce the price increase.
"We do not want consumers to be caught off guard when they purchase flowers from their florists," he explained.