KUALA LUMPUR: The domestic trade, cooperatives and consumerism ministry (KPDNKK) today announced that it will limit “Mega Sales” to four times a year, from the current five.
Its enforcement director Mohd Roslan Mahayudin said the government had set three dates for the sales to be held, while traders were free to choose the fourth date.
Under the ministry’s new regulation, the traders will only be allowed to carry out the sales during the New Year Sale from March 1 to 30, Carnival Mega Sale from June 15 to Aug 31 and the Year End Sale from Nov 1 to Dec 31.
Roslan said the dates for the mega sale was set by KPDNKK and the tourism ministry to benefit consumers.
“There were times when traders raised the prices of goods three fold and then gave a 90% discount on the items.
“This does not benefit the consumer as they are still paying more for the items,” he told reporters after checking the price of items at the AEON Cheras Selatan.
Roslan also said that previously traders would have to give discounts on 70% of the goods in their stores during the sale, but now they only had to give discounts on 50% of the goods they carry.
The ministry, Roslan said, had also set a minimum discount of 10% for items sold.
On enforcement of controlled items during the Christmas period, Roslan said to date, they had conducted checks on 6,569 premises.
“We have only received one complaint on the price of chicken in Klang.
“So far we have not issued any notices.”
Meanwhile, Roslan said KPDNKK would cooperate with the health ministry on the “Dragon Breath” cookies,if requested.
“The health ministry has its own laws and it is handling the issue. We will give our assistance if requested.”
It was earlier reported that the Dragon Breath cookies, which allow consumers the experience of exhaling smoke from their noses and mouths, had turned out to be more harmful than fun.
This was after 15-year-old Mohd Aiman Mohd Ridwan was left with painful burns and blisters on his palm after coming into direct contact with the liquid nitrogen used in Dragon Breath cookies. Mkini