KPDNHEP to table new bill to control goods misappropriation

by ANIS HAZIM / Pic by BERNAMA

THE Supply Control (Amendment) Bill 2021 will be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat sitting, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi (picture) said. 

Aimed at enabling an effective investigation and prosecution in the misappropriations of controlled goods and allowing officers make warrantless arrests, the bill will also be an improvement to the Control of Supplies Act 1961 (Act 122). 

“Through our ongoing and improved enforcement, trade crime activities can be reduced and subsequently ensure the availability and accessibility of basic necessities in the market,” Nanta Linggi told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday. 

According to him, Section 10 of the Act will be amended to extend the power of supply officers to arrest without a warrant, anyone who has committed or attempted to commit an offence stipulated under the Act. 

Changes introduced in Section 12A gives supply officers the authority to sell confined control goods whose nature is easily damaged or flammable, or involving high-cost care. 

It will also introduce Section 12B which excludes claims against the government by any parties in respect of goods seized unless the seizure is made without reasonable cause.

Meanwhile, Section 25A will be added to allow inspection and analysis of controlled goods seized.

In a response to Betong MP Datuk Robert Lawson Chuat, Nanta Linggi said the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPD- NHEP) has always planned and conducted research and reviewed laws to ensure that it was always relevant to current developments and issues.

“KPDNHEP is always commit- ted to studying and if needed, amend and improve the existing regulations to be in line with the dynamic business environment and to spur the domestic trade and more progressive consumer sec- tor,” he added.