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Bernama-Traders Should Not Raise Food Prices With Tourist Influx

Malacca, May 14 (Bernama)-Melaka food traders have been warned not to use the “influx” of tourists in the state as an excuse to raise food prices.

Norena Jaafar, director of Malacca at the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (MDTCA), said her office had been complained about unjustified price increases at several restaurants in Ayer Keroh.

She said an inspection was then conducted and the affected restaurant owners were notified.

Checks show that traders have raised food prices by RM2 or RM3. The reason was the high cost of raw materials to compensate for the two-year loss of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said when she met reporters that raw material prices had risen slightly but were still under control.

During a spot check on food traders in Ayer Keroh last Thursday, she received public complaints from two restaurant owners about “reasonable” food prices on their premises. We have issued two notices under Section 21 of the 2011 Price Controls and Anti-Fraud Act.

“Notices must be answered by the trader or owner within 7 days and fail which action can be taken. If convicted, they are compounded between RM100 and RM10,000. It’s possible, “she said.

-Bernama


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