PUTRAJAYA: The reintroduction of the Sales and Service Tax (SST) on Sept 1 did not affect the price of controlled items for Deepavali celebration this year.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution said the prices of some items had increased, some decreased, and others remained the same compared to last year.
“The price of imported mutton increased RM1 from RM24 to RM25 this year. This could have happened because of the fluctuation of the Malaysian Ringgit.
“Price of tomatoes increased because of the rainy weather which caused issues in supply,” he said, adding that chicken eggs had also increased in price.
“Prices of items which saw a fall are chicken - standard chicken and super chicken,” he said.
Items where the price remained the same as last year were coconut, grated coconut, shallots (India), imported onions, potatoes (China) and lentils (Australia), he said.
Saifuddin was met earlier at the Festive Season Price Control Scheme in conjunction with Deepavali celebration on Nov 6.
He said the ministry had listed 16 items under the Price Control Scheme for Deepavali.
The price control would be effective for seven days starting Nov 3, and implemented under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011, he said.
Among the items were live chicken (RM5.80 per kg), standard chicken (RM7.30 per kg), super chicken (RM8.10 per kg), local bone-in mutton (RM47 per kg),imported bone-in mutton and imported bone-in lamb (RM25 per kg).
Grade A, B and C eggs, cost 38 sen, 37 sen and 36 sen each respectively.
Red chilies are priced at RM13 per kg, tomatoes RM4.50 per kg and grated coconut RM7.20 per kg.
The ministry has also set the wholesale price for one whole coconut at RM1.90.
Shallots from India are priced at RM5.80 per kg, imported onions (RM2.80),potatoes from China (RM2.80) and Australian lentils (RM3.50).
The ceiling prices of these items differ for Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan. Consumers are advised to check via the KPDNHEP’s website.
He said those found to be selling controlled items for a higher price could face a fine up to RM100,000 or jailed up to three years, or both, or pay a compound of up to RM50,000 under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.
Companies could also be fined up to RM500,000 or compounded up to RM50,000 if found guilty, he added.
Saifuddin said traders could be fined up to RM10,000 or compounded up to RM5,000 for not displaying pink price tags while companies could be fined up to RM20,000 or compounded RM10,000.
Following this, the ministry also increased the number of enforcement officers at selected places through the ‘Omnipresence’ effort.
“This is to ensure a safe and ethical business environment,” he said, adding consumers could report to the ministry if they find any profiteering.