Man in his 40s detained over import of Israeli dates

A man in his 40s was arrested during a raid at a warehouse in Port Klang in relations to the dates imported from Israel, said Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Minister Datuk Armizan Ali.

“The Customs Department had conducted a raid in Port klang on 12 March and detained a man in his 40s, believed to be a business owner. 73 packets of organic dates also was seized,” he said in response to a question Abdul Rosol Wahid (PN-Hulu Terengganu) during minister question time.

As for his ministry, Armizan welcomed the members of public to lodge their reports via the ministry website. He called for the public to make specific reports instead of viralising the matter on social media.

He said his ministry would take appropriate action in line with the Trade Description Act.

Meanwhile responding to a supplementary question from Aminolhuda Hassan (PH-Pasir Gudang), he said the ministry is monitoring all business premises, not specifically Ramadan bazaars.

“The Ops Ramadan that we just started monitor all business premises, not just Ramadan bazaars. In the past two days, 3009 premises were checked and we booked 11 cases. Of this, six were hoarding.

Aminolhuda had asked whether the enforcement division of the ministry are monitoring price hikes in Ramadan bazaars.

Armizan recalled a case of price hike to illustrate his point.

“We received a report about expensive curry puffs at a Ramadan bazaar in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. Ultimately it is the consumers choice. There were people selling curry puffs at a cheaper price.”

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