MDTCA received several complaints about unreasonable price hikes in the state.
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The Melaka Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (MDTCA) has warned food traders in Melaka not to use the ‘influx’ of tourists in the state to hike food prices.
MDTCA director Norena Jaafar said her office has been receiving complaints about the unreasonable price increases in several restaurants in Ayer Keroh.
After inspections, MDTCA found out that traders had increased the food prices by RM2 or RM3 due to the higher cost of raw materials. Traders also want to cover the losses they faced during the pandemic.
According to The Star, Norena said the price of raw materials did increase slightly but it was still under control.
Several restaurants had been issued notices. During spot checks conducted on food traders in Ayer Keroh on Thursday, 12 May, two notices under Section 21 of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 were issued against the owners of two restaurants following public complaints about unreasonable food prices.
The notice must be answered by the traders or owners within seven days, failing which action can be taken. If found guilty, they can be compounded between RM100 to RM10,000.MDTCA director Norena Jaafar