Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ministry, merchants reach accord on licensing

KUALA LUMPUR: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry and Federation of Sundry Goods Merchants Association have reached a consensus on a single licensing system from July 1 to sell six essential items.
Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the six items were flour, cooking oil, sugar, fuel, diesel and gas.
He said the federation also agreed to call off its boycott of the sale of flour, sugar and cooking oil, at a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin here Wednesday.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek and his deputy Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai were also present at the meeting.
"Together with Liow, we will also consult the related departments on whether other items like the licences for rice, retail, liquor and fire extinguishers could also be unified.
"These goods are not under the jurisdiction of my ministry.
"For example, liquor and retail licences are under the Housing and Local Government Ministry while rice is under the Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Ministry," Ismail Sabri said.
He said the ministry would also simplify the application form for the licence, and there would be no fee.
"We have also decided that sundry shop owners located within 10km of the border are only allowed to get a supply of up to 200kg of sugar, oil and flour while others can keep a maximum of 500kg of these items per month," he said.

THE STAR Wednesday June 16, 2010


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