Track apps

Smartphone app among proposed methods to track purchase of subsidized goods

Using smartphone apps to record purchases of controlled goods has been proposed as one of the measures to monitor the distribution of subsidized goods, Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Alexander Nanta Linggi said.

He said the government is still looking for the best possible method and several recommendations have been given to avoid leakage in the bulk purchase of goods including cooking oil in 1kg polythene bags in the market. .

“A person is only allowed to buy two packs (cooking oil in polybag) but some consumers, after making their purchase, will go to another store and buy more. We are aware that this happens .

“With the smartphone app, we may be able to track and prevent further purchases, and that applies not only to cooking oil, but also to other subsidized items,” he said. said after visiting a cooking oil packaging plant today.

Warning industry players not to get involved in the diversion of subsidized and controlled assets, Nanta said he would not hesitate to suspend their company’s license if found guilty.

Also present during the visit were Deputy Director of the Ministry’s Sarawak branch, Peter J. Berinus Agang, and Kota Sentosa Member of Parliament, Wilfred Yap Yau Sin.

Meanwhile, in a separate press conference, Nanta said the role of the Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs in determining the price cap for chicken in the market was enforcement-driven by ensuring that traders respect the stipulated ceiling price.

He said an engagement session was held today with stakeholders in the poultry industry as well as senior officials from the Ministry and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (Mafi) to discuss the issue. .

Yesterday, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the price of chicken on the market would not be floating so as not to burden the people. – Bernama, June 25, 2022.