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Traders told not to jack up prices in festive season

8th December, 2017

KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysian Consumer Protection Association (MCPA) Sabah Chapter is calling traders here not to take advantage of the Yuletide season by raising prices of essential commodities especially controlled items.

Grocery stores, mini markets, public markets and other sundry shops should ensure their goods are price-tagged.

“We also wish to remind all to ensure that expired preserved food items not to be included on their shelves…rotten vegetables as well as questionable meats should not be sold to the public,” said its chairman David Chan who added that all weighing scales and other devices must be accurately calibrated.

To further protect the interest of the buying public during the festive season, David urged the relevant local authorities to monitor the activities of traders.

It is the duty of the authorities concerned to make sure that the law is strictly imposed.

David also reminded the buying public to be wise shoppers during the celebrations by only buying items that are necessary and according to their affordability.

“Avoid buying things that are not important and if possible exert extra efforts by canvassing first before making the final purchase…always put safety first when purchasing decorative items,” he stressed.

For those planning ‘balik kampung’ trips, David said they should make sure that their vehicles are in tip-top condition and drivers are physically and mentally fit to make the long journey.

He said it is also important to lock up their houses and inform neighbours of their trips.

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