3,890 premises, 105,874 goods inspected under Op Catut 5.0 phase 2

Suhaila Shahrul Annuar

PUTRAJAYA: Authorities have conducted checks at 3,890 premises under Op Catut 5.0 phase two since the implementation of the Sales and Services Tax on Sept 1.

The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) enforcement director Datuk Mohd Roslan Mahayudin said 105,874 goods at these premises, which belonged to manufacturers, importers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers, had been inspected.

During the same period, he said, KPDNHEP had received 175 complaints regarding the prices of goods, with Selangor having the highest number of complaints at 66.

Roslan said out of the 175 complaints, 112 had been resolved and 63 were still being investigated.

“In addition, we have also received 217 enquiries on SST. So far, we have issued 44 notices under Section 21 of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 (for the assistant controller to require provision of information) as well as 114 notices under Section 53A (on duty to keep records) of the same Act,” he told NSTP today.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Saifuddin Nasution was reported earlier as saying that a big scale operation would be carried out to monitor things on the ground following the implementation of SST.

Together with the Customs Department, the operation would even inspect things at the manifacturers’ level and not merely targetting the usual suspects such as the retailers or wholesalers.

The SST replaces the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Under SST, the government imposes a tax of five per cent to 10 per cent on the sale of goods and six per cent tax on services. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd