SELAMA: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) has identified three manufacturers believed to be involved in smuggling subsidised cooking oil to neighbouring countries.
Its minister, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin, said the scheme involved not just the manufacturers but wholesalers and retailers.
This, he said, has led to a decrease in supply of cooking oil in the market.
“The investigation is almost complete. Cooking oil in packets are still subsidised and so are cheaper here than in neighbouring countries, so these irresponsible parties are taking the opportunity to profit,” he said.
Hamzah was speaking to reporters after handing out Islamic Religion and Malay Customs Council education aid for the Larut parliamentary constituency at SMK Dato Haji Hussein here.
“We have to be aware that the reduced oil price is due to government subsidies, so I ask the public to cooperate and prevent this act of selling subsidised oil as the government has (spent) billions of ringgit each year.
“I urge consumers who have information on cooking oil irregularities, whether they are stolen or smuggled into neighbouring countries, to contact the ministry,” he said.
Hamzah said, last year alone, more than 10 manufacturers identified as having committed the offense had faced legal action and had their licences withdrawn.