Check on validity of goods in cheap sale, ministry tells consumers
BINTULU: Consumers are advised to be extra careful when buying goods on cheap sale especially when the festive season is approaching to avoid being cheated by irresponsible parties.
Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism (MDTCC) Bintulu branch chief Mohamad Drahman said recently two premises had been slapped for the offence.
“They had a cheap sale but did not make an application to our office. Normally, the application should be made two weeks before holding cheap sales, once getting the approval they can carry on with their business,” he said.
It is important to ensure that the products sold are not expired and two prices that are before and after the cheap sale must be displayed.
Traders must maintain true and complete records of the prices of goods for the previous six months, which were being offered at the same premises.
Mohamad said at least 70 per cent of all goods displayed for sale in the business premises must be offered at cheap sale prices.
“If there are 100 pieces of clothing for example, it cannot be just a piece for cheap sale but 70 pieces.
“We do not want large banner but only two pieces of goods offered in the cheap sale because that is deceiving consumers and the traders must guarantee on the quality of the goods,” he said.
Any traders who fail to comply can be fined up to RM100,000 or not exceeding three years in prison under the Trade Descriptions (Cheap Sale Price) Regulations 1997.
At the same time he advised consumers not to get involved in panic buying because the ministry has assured that there is adequate supply of controlled items for the festive season.
Cooking oil supply in Bintulu was stable as of yesterday, and prior to the inspections conducted during the Ramadan month showed no sign of shortage, he said.
Meanwhile, several petrol stations ran out of diesel last week and when queried about the situation he said the ministry has yet to receive complaints about the so-called shortage of diesel.
“It might happen one to two hours due to late delivery and it is normal especially on Sunday since the depot is closed on Saturday; it usually occurs on Sunday and is only temporary,” he added.