Nine compounds were issued to eight businesses in August for offences under the Price Control Act, Chapter 142.
Six companies were found selling items exceeding the set maximum price – Warisan Utamajaya Emporium & Supermarket and Arirang Enterprise were fined $700; Quthairah Enterprise, Chop Teo Seng, Ismaco Mini Mart and Ya-Nur Trading Company were charged $500.
Meanwhile, Sarwan Sdn Bhd and Absara Enterprise were fined $500 for failure to display price tags as well as Ya-Nur Trading Company for their second offence.
These were found during an inspection by Department of Statistics and Economic Planning (DEPS) for businesses based in Brunei-Muara, Belait and Temburong Districts.
For August, eight warnings have been issued to eight businesses for several offences under the Act, including selling cooking oil exceeding the maximum set price and displaying price tags not consistently recorded in their payment system.
Businesses are advised to check and update prices, especially on price-controlled items and to always display price tags.
Complying with the Price Control Act and the regulations under it ensures fair and ethical trading practices for a conducive business environment in the country.
Furthermore, businesses must ensure all weighing and measuring devices are valid, accurate and registered with SDT.
For complaints and enquiries, members of the public can contact DEPS’ Consumer Affairs at Talian Darussalam TD123, the ‘PenggunaBijak’ mobile app or email to firstname.lastname@example.org; and SDT Unit SDT at 2334092 or email to email@example.com.
THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN