KPDNHEP To Tighten Online Sales Procedure For Controlled, Subsidised Goods
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The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has said that it will tighten the procedure for online sales of controlled and subsidised goods in an effort to curb leakages and irregularities. KPDNHEP minister, Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi also stated that his ministry is looking into several measures to address this issue.

Aside from that, the minister also shared several updates regarding his ministry’s recent efforts in combating transgressions related to controlled and subsidised items within the country. According to Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta, his ministry has – to date – ordered two leading e-commerce platforms to take down a total of 38 advertisements for the sales of cooking oil in packets and bottles. 

Additionally, between 1 and 12 July 2022, KPDNHEP had raided and inspected 18 premises advertising similar items on e-commerce sites. Following the inspection, the ministry seized 255kg of subsidised cooking oil in 1kg packets, and 41 units of cooking oil in bottles (500g, 1kg, 2kg, and 3kg) – with an estimated total value of RM1,495.50.

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Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta further noted that his ministry has also taken action against two cases under Regulation 3(1) of the Control of Supply Regulations 1974 and Section 20(1) of the Control of the Supplies Act 1961, respectively. 

Last month, the government announced its decision to remove the subsidies for bottled cooking oil (2kg, 3kg, and 5kg) starting from 1 July 2022. The subsidies for cooking oil in 1kg polybag packages, meanwhile, will continue to be provided.

(Sources: The Edge Markets, Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi (Twitter))

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