Retailer Sells Subsidized Cooking Oil with Conditions, KPDN Takes Action

By: Rosli Mansor Ahmad Razali

Manjung – The Perak branch of the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Cost of Living (KPDN) in Manjung has taken action against a retailer in Medan Acheh, Setiawan, for selling subsidized cooking oil under certain conditions.

Perak KPDN Director, Dato’ Kamalludin Ismail, stated that KPDN officers conducted an inspection through the ‘Ops Samar’ operation around 12:10 PM and found that a retailer imposed the purchase of other items before selling 1kg packets of cooking oil at RM2.50 per packet.

“KPDN officers performed undercover operations and test purchases, during which the seller verbally imposed the conditions, which were recorded using hidden cameras as evidence.

“A thorough inspection of the premises revealed 77kg of 1kg packets of cooking oil stored in the storeroom. The premises owner was found to have a valid retail CSA license but was suspected of violating the Supply Control Act 1961.

“All cooking oil and related documents were confiscated. The case will be investigated under the Supply Control Act 1961. If found guilty, individuals could face a fine of up to RM1 million, imprisonment of up to three years, or both.

“For corporate bodies, the fine is up to RM2 million for the first offense and up to RM5 million for subsequent offenses,” he said in a recent statement.

KPDN reminded retailers not to impose conditions for the purchase of controlled goods and urged consumers to report such cases through official KPDN channels to protect their information confidentiality.

The public is encouraged to report any misconduct involving controlled and subsidized goods through various KPDN channels, including WhatsApp, the e-complaint portal, call center, email, and the Ez Adu KPDN app.

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