Poultry prices at all levels will continue to be monitored from time to time to ensure that no party attempts to take advantage for profits.
The offense is subject to stern action by the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act (AKHAP) 2011.
KPDNHEP Enforcement Director, Azman Adam said his party has taken several approaches regarding the issue of poultry price increment in the market such as holding engagement sessions with chicken breeders and farmers.
According to him, other measures include a thorough inspection by enforcement officers at all levels of the poultry supply chain and action by the Putrajaya Special Task Force to address the issue of rising poultry prices in the market.
“For example, we managed to reduce the price of chicken in operations at the Teluk Intan Public Market in the Hilir Perak district and Hutan Melintang in the Bagan Datuk district.
“As a result of the inspection by the team from Putrajaya and Perak, traders in the two public markets have agreed to reduce the price of chicken from RM10.50 per kilogram to RM9.50 per kilogram,” he said in a statement yesterday (September 17).
Earlier, he led operations of monitoring poultry prices and enforcing the price ceiling of COVID-19 antigen rapid test kits around Teluk Intan and Hutan Melintang.
According to Azman, the latter operation at several pharmacies in the two areas found that the self test kits were not sold above the set price of RM16 at a wholesale level and RM19.90 for retailers.
He said there are also premises that sell rapid test kits at a price lower than the maximum price that has been set, which is RM18.
“KPDNHEP will continue to monitor continuously to ensure that traders do not take advantage to sell the test kit above the ceiling price.
“Users can channel information and complaints on the misconduct of traders to KPDNHEP via the KPDNHEP e-aduan portal, or call 1-800-886-800, email email@example.com or WhatsApp 019- 279 4317,” he said.