Monday September 3, 2012
Market could be country's first with public weighing scale
KUCHING: Consumers will soon be able to buy items with less doubt once a public weighing scale is placed at the Stutong Market here.
State Domestic Trade, Coopera-tives and Consumerism Ministry director Wan Ahmad Uzir Wan Sulaiman said he had proposed that a weighing scale be placed at markets for consumers to double check the weight of the items they bought from traders.
He said currently the ministry and the country’s certified scale calibrator Metrology Corporation Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Metrology) were in the midst of discussing its implementation.
Ahmad said once all had been in place, the Stutong Market would be the first in the country to have a public weighing scale.
“It is like the bar code scanners at supermarket where consumers can check the price of items before deciding to buy them.
“Once the scale is in place, consumers can check the weight of items they bought from traders to make sure they are not cheated. If there is something amiss, consumers can immediately lodge a report with us.
“At the moment, consumers would only discover that they were cheated after the items were brought home. By then, the items could not be used as evidence,” Ahmad said after conducting a scale inspection operations at the Satok Market here yesterday.
Metrology Sarawak branch manager Aminul Husaini Hamid said if all went well, the public scales would be placed at the Stutong Market middle of this month.
“We will work closely with the ministry to ensure success of this plan. Kuching City South Council mayor has also been informed of the proposal,” he said.
Ahmad also proposed that Metrology set up a stamping point at market places in the state.
He said with the mobile stamping point, traders who wanted to recalibrate their scale and renew their licence would not need to go all the way to the Metrology office.
“This would be more convenient to the traders. They can renew their scale calibration licence on the spot,” said Ahmad.