4 business premises in the Tutong District were found to have committed several offences under Chapter 142 of the Price Control Act. The offences were discovered during a surprise visit conducted by the Department of Economic Planning and Development, JPKE to the business premises in the Tutong District.

During the visit, one business premise was issued with a compound of seven hundred for the third offences for not displaying price tags on several goods sold. The same premise was also issued a warning letter for the offences of selling coconut milk powder exceeding the maximum price set by the JPKE during festive season. Meanwhile another business premise was also issued with a compound of five hundred for the second offence for selling cooking oil and formula powdered milk exceeding the maximum price under the Act. The premise was also issued a warning letter under the Price Control Act (Display of Prices) Order for the offences of failing to display the price tags to several food items.

Two others business premises were also issued with warning notice for the offences under the Price Control Regulations (Cheap Sale Price) which offers cheap sale items that is not inconsistent with the information notified to the JPKE. The surprise visit was led by Pengiran Hajah Siti Nirmala binti Pengiran Haji Mohammad, Deputy Permanent Secretary (Economy and Finance) at the Prime Minister's Office.

Business premises that are found to be selling price controlled goods over the maximum stipulated price will be issued a warning for the first offence and compound of not more than one thousand dollar for the next offence. Any further offences can be taken to the court and will imposed a fined of 5 thousand dollars and 2 years imprisonment for the first offence; or imposed a fine of twenty thousand dollars and 5 years imprisonment for a repeated offence. For any inquiries can visit the website and call directly the JPKE as stated.

Source: Radio Television Brunei