Monday January 28, 2013
Boycott suppliers who cheat, traders told
By CHRISTINA TAN
BATU PAHAT: Retail traders have been urged to boycott unscrupulous suppliers who shortchange consumers.
Federation of Sundry Goods Merchants Associations of Malaysia president Lean Hing Chuan said they had uncovered irregularities in the packaging of some dry goods.
During recent checks on products from certain importers and suppliers, the federation discovered shortfalls in the measure or weight declared.
This follows complaints from traders and consumers groups in Perak, Malacca and Johor since the enforcement of standard weights and measurements set by the Government from November.
Under the new ruling, suppliers and traders have to sell their goods – including imported items such as onions, garlic and potatoes – in standardised packages of 5kg, 10kg, 15kg, 20kg and so on.
“There have been cases of a five kilo packet actually weighing only 4.5kg, 4.3kg or less,” said Lean.
He added that traders should do their part by carrying out checks on the products and boycott suppliers or distributors found to have been cheats.
“Don’t buy from them even if you are out of stock,” he said.
Lean also urged consumers to reject traders who shortchange them.
The federation hoped the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry would carry out more inspections and take stern action against unscrupulous suppliers and traders.