Spreading Of False and Unverified Information on Food Prices

The public are advised not to believe false and unverified information on food prices that have been spread through social media. The reminder was made by the Department of Economic Planning and Development, JPKE of the Prime Minister's Office in its media conference yesterday.

According to JPKE's statement, under the Price Control Act, Chapter 142, JPKE is mandated to control and monitor the prices of goods listed under the Act including passenger motor vehicles, formulated powdered milk, cooking oil, rice and sugar. It is an offence to spread false information under Section 34 of the Public Order Act, Chapter 148. A fine of $3,000 and 3 years imprisonment will be imposed if found guilty.

If there are any complaints on the above-mentioned goods listed under the Price Control Act, the public is advised to communicate directly with JPKE by providing supporting documents and information such as purchase receipt and details of company against whom the complaint is lodged. This is necessary to facilitate the investigation process. JPKE will take appropriate action against sellers who are found to be charging above the set maximum prices.

Any concerns or queries can be directed to the Consumer Affairs Division of JPKE using the mobile application PenggunaBijak or SmartConsumer, which allows consumers to upload supportive documents or pictures with ease.

Source: Radio Television Brunei

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