No more permit needed for cheap sales

BUKIT MERTAJAM, 29 Dec 2019:

Cheap sales can take place anytime starting Jan 2 – instead of just four times a year, said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

Under Trade Descriptions (Cheap Sale Price) (Amendment) Regulations 2019 – which was gazetted on Nov 29 and effective Jan 2 – he said traders can now conduct cheap sales at any time without having to apply for permit to notify the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP).

“Prior to this, traders had to apply for a permit 14 days before conducting cheap sales. But with the amendment, they are not required to do as such.

“With the advance of technology and the growing business model, such a concept (limit on the number of cheap sales) are seen as lacking in flexibility and restricting traders from conducting such sales according to their creativity and marketing strategy,” he told reporters after officiating the ‘Back to School’ programme at Tesco Seberang Jaya, here yesterday.

He said the quota over cheap sales was also seen as a trade barrier in today’s context and detailed research was carried out by taking into account of the industry and consumers’ views before his ministry tabled the proposal for the amendments.

Saifuddin Nasution said the abolition on the quota of cheap sales was among 10 provisions involved in the amendments which aimed at improving the regulations, in efforts to address the needs of the retail sector and the protection of consumer rights.

“The amendment will also serve as a stimulus for the retail industry to grow in line with today’s progress.”

However, in formulating the policy, his ministry took into account the consumer rights by maintaining existing controls to protect them as well as continuous monitoring over cheap sales – especially against traders who made false or misleading statements in their advertisements.

“We hope by improving the regulations, cheap sales activities will be more vibrant and moving towards a sustainable business environment. We also believe the unlimited number of such sales will also increase competitiveness in prices offered (to consumers) that indirectly help to lower the cost of living.”

KPDNHEP will also closely monitor the online sale of child restraint seats (CRS), which are widely available, to ensure they comply with stipulated standards.

Saifuddin Nasution said KPDNHEP had the right and duty in terms of enforcement of the items to ensure the issue of fake and unsafe goods being sold did not crop up.

‘’The guideline on the characteristics for child restraint seats has already been issued by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) this year (Nov 23).

“And when the use of the CRS is enforced in 2020, we (ministry) will immediately carry out our duty, namely, to conduct enforcement in line with the conditions stipulated by MIROS, namely, product safety standard and trademarks, whether false or genuine.

‘’And if an outlet advertised (its products), we will ensure what are being advertised are available on the products sold,’’ he replied when asked on reports mobile car seats were available for as low as RM18 to RM39.90 each via online purchase.

On Oct 23, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail announced that the use of CRS in private cars would be mandatory from Jan 1.

– Bernama