5,000 premises in Johor undergo SST checks

MOHD FAHMI MOHD YUSOF

JOHOR BAHRU: The Johor Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) went on spot checks on 5,000 premises comprising producers, distributors and wholesalers under the Ops Catut 5.0.

The chief officer, Aris Mamat, said the operation, which was conducted with the collaboration with the state Royal Customs Department and involved about 200 officers, was to ensure the retail price is controlled after the implementation of the Sales and Services Tax (SST).

He said through the spot checks, about 119,000 daily items will be monitored and recorded to see the effectiveness of the SST on the price hike.

“The ministry will also ensure these three tiers – producers, distributors and wholesalers – would not put unreasonable prices for the sake of making profits.

“If they did, we will issue Notice 21 and the premise involved must respond within five days before we take further action,” Aris said in a press conference after making a round at a coffee processing factory in Permas Jaya today.

To date, KPDNHEP had received 25 complaints regarding the price hike after the SST implementation on Sept 1. However, all the complaints were just confusions about the 6 per cent tax.

“Any inquiries and complaints can be made to the state KPDNHEP along with detailed information of the premise, items and purchase receipt to facilitate the investigations,” said Aris. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd