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RM20,000 compound imposed on trader for selling face masks above controlled price


LANGKAWI A trader here was slapped with a RM20,000 compound for selling three-ply face masks higher than the controlled price set by the government.


Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) chief enforcement officer in Langkawi Abdul Rafar Wahid said the action was taken during a special inspection on compliance of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) yesterday.


“The trader was found selling 2,859 face masks at RM1.80 per piece, which is above the ceiling price set by the government.





“The inspection was carried out in accordance with Section 11 of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 and the trader is given 14 days to pay the compound,” he said in a statement today.


Source: BERNAMA News Agency

FT night, morning markets allowed to operate from June 15

PUTRAJAYA All open, morning and night markets as well as bazaars, in the Federal Territories will be allowed to operate beginning June 15, on condition the Health Ministry’s standard operating procedures (SOPs) are adhered to.


Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the operating hours for open and morning markets would be from 6am – 11am, night markets (4pm-10pm) and bazaars (5pm – 11pm).


“The SOP for stall spacing stipulates that booths must be positioned 1.5 metres to two metres apart, in an open space fenced area, to allow one-way traffic flow control.

“The markets include those which were allowed take-away orders only,” he said adding that traders must wear protective clothings, gloves and facemask.


He said this at a press conference following the Special Ministerial Meeting on the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) here today.


At the same time, traders and shoppers are required to download and use the MySejahtera application and Kuala Lumpur City Hall will have the right to shut down business premises if the SOPs are not followed.



Ismail Sabri said the SOPs could also be adopted by the local authorities for markets across the country.


Meanwhile, he said 21 individuals were detained and remanded yesterday for violating the CMCO directives.


He said compound notices were issued  to 277 individuals for various CMCO offences but no one was compounded for going against the Aidilfitri visiting rule.


A total of 32 vehicles that attempted to travel across state lines without permission, were ordered to turn back, and such cross-border attempts were mostly recorded in Selangor, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan and Melaka.


Source: BERNAMA News Agency


PENJANA to ensure recovery of tourism sector – Minister

The National Economic Recovery Plan (PENJANA) to address the challenges faced by industry players in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak is proof that the government is concerned about helping the recovery of the economic sector especially tourism.


Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said the plan announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today would ensure tourism, arts and culture industry players could continue to contribute to the country.


“The initiative for this purpose clearly proves that the Prime Minister is concerned about the plight of the people. Thank you Prime Minister.




“The tourism sector is listed under prohibited economic activities during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) and the extending of the Wage Subsidy Programme benefits workers, entrepreneurs and operators who have to take unpaid leave,” she said in a statement.


Through PENJANA, government has allocated RM9 billion to benefit three million workers in dealing with unemployment.


The allocation includes extending the Wage Subsidy Programme introduced in the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package (PRIHATIN) and PRIHATIN additional measures with an additional allocation of RM5 billion.



Nancy said the RM1 billion Tourism Financing Scheme to finance transformation initiatives by small and medium enterprises (SME) has also helped the tourism sector to stay competitive in the new era.


She said the tax deferment initiatives under the tourism businesses such as travel agencies, hoteliers and airlines have been postponing the instalment of the estimated tax for another three months from Oct 1 to Dec 31, 2020.


Tourism tax exemptions from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 are also announced, and the exemption from payment of service tax to any person staying or receiving any taxable services provided by the accommodation premises operator will be extended from Sept 1 to June 30, 2021.


In addition, individual income tax relief of up to RM1,000 on domestic travel expenses will be extended until Dec 31, 2021, she added.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency

MREPC appoints Raja Idris Raja Kamarudin as new chairman

KUALA LUMPUR The Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council (MREPC) has appointed Raja Datuk Idris Raja Kamarudin as its new chairman.

In a statement today, MREPC said having led various private limited, public listed and multinational companies, Raja Idris brings an incomparable wealth of experience and strategic vision to the council.

“Under his stewardship, we are confident that the council will continue to strengthen Malaysia’s position as a leading global sustainable rubber products player,” said chief executive officer Brandon Chan .



Source: BERNAMA News Agency

KPDNHEP still investigating private hospital over overpriced face masks


PUTRAJAYA The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) is still investigating the private hospital alleged to have charged a patient RM11.20 for a piece of three-ply face mask, Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi said.


“We have not dropped the investigation and we have not determined if it was charged on retail basis or was billed as component for overall medical treatment and services.


“We are still in the dark and in the midst of investigating. If it was charged on retail basis … it is definitely an offence,” he told a press conference here following criticisms that the ministry had not taken immediate action against the hospital.



On May 15, it was confirmed KPDNHEP had investigated a private hospital for profiteering after  a patient was allegedly charged RM201.60 for 18 pieces of three-ply face masks worn by nurses when treating patients.


The case is being investigated under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 for the offence of selling or offering a price-controlled item at more than the set maximum price.


Nanta said it was an offence selling the three-ply face mask at prices exceeding the set ceiling price of RM1.50 a piece.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency


Iban people working far from home giving Gawai a miss this year

SIBU Pictures of tuak (rice wine), ngajat (a dance) video clips and Iban songs have started to emerge on the Facebook pages of many Iban people, a clear indication that the harvest season has ended and the community is preparing to mark Hari Gawai on June 1.


Usually, many of those working and living far away from home would return to their longhouses to be with family, relatives and friends to celebrate the Sarawakian festival, but with COVID-19 still a problem and a movement restriction still in place, most Ibans have decided not to go back.


Johntan Japang, 50, a foreman in Pandamaran, Port Klang, Selangor said he and his family will not be going back to their longhouse in Tatau, Bintulu although they booked their tickets last year and were supposed to fly home on May 15.



“I think there is a lot of hassle if we were to go back for Gawai, such as the 14-day quarantine period,” he told Bernama.


Johntan believes that one can take precautionary measures like wearing a face mask and using a hand sanitiser, but it won’t insure against catching the virus.


“It would be disastrous if we infect the whole longhouse, especially when there are many elderly people who have a lower chance of recovering from it,” he said.



Johntan added that he and his family will fly home after COVID-19 is no longer a threat.


On May 10, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, announced an interstate travel ban for Hari Raya (May 24 – 25), the Kaamatan festival (May 30 – 31) and Gawai festival (June 1 – 2) due to COVID-19.


He also announced a four-week extension to the movement control order (MCO), now called the conditional movement control order (CMCO), till June 9.


The Sarawak state government has banned interdistrict travel for Hari Raya and Gawai, too.


Jalil Unjar, 45, a safety supervisor in Singapore, will not be going back to Sarawak for Gawai either, and doesn’t know when he can return to his wife and children in Johor.


“We planned to go back to our longhouse in Ulu Katibas, Song this year. Unfortunately, that is not going to happen because of COVID-19. I have already cancelled our tickets,” he said, adding that it is too risky to go back now.


Emily Sangan Empaling and her husband, Nick Apoi, who are working in Kalabakan, Sabah have also decided not to go back to their longhouse in Sungai Mador, Bintangor for Gawai.


“I really want to go back as it has been a while since I saw my family and relatives. Gawai is a merry occasion for us to appreciate each other and renew or strengthen our ties. What to do? It is better to be safe than not,” she said, adding that not going back has created a deep hole in her heart.


Her cousin, Syura Kelukut and husband, who are working in Miri, will not be returning for Gawai, too.


They are are a bit sad about the whole situation but are adhering to the advice to break the virus chain.


“Friends and relatives have been teasing me, telling me not to cry this Gawai. I probably will. I guess I can go back another time when things are a lot better,” she said.



Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Probe on five Johor chicken wholesalers over sudden price hike

JOHOR BAHRU Five leading chicken wholesalers in the state are being investigated in relation to the sudden increase of chicken price in Johor.


Johor Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) in a statement, today, said investigations were also conducted on three poultry farms, following complaints on statewide chicken price increase, sparking concerns from consumers who will be celebrating Aidilfitri next week.


“Following the information received, Johor KPDNHEP conducted spot checks on retail premises selling chickens at higher prices.



“About 71 inspections were conducted especially on stalls at public markets and notices were issued to 37 retailers,” it said.


According to the ministry, errant traders are liable to a fine of RM100,000 or three years imprisonment or both, upon conviction under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.


Corporate organisations could be fined not exceeding RM500,000 for first offence and not exceeding RM1 million for the second offence.




Source: BERNAMA News Agency