Posted: 10 Jun 2011 12:26 AM PDT
DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw calls on the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry to get its act together including having better IT facilities for 1 Malaysia Pengguna Bijak or 1MPB portal so that millions of consumers can access it.
On 10.6.2011, Dr Tan follows the teething problems of 1MPB, hoping that the ministry improves its price watch portal.
A price watch portal such as 1MPB is a way of letting consumers check prices of goods. Since the ministry operates the portal on goods sold at 1,255 outlets in the country, there have been 3.5 million hits, paralyzing the system. Apparently, it only expected 300,000 hits. It would have to realize that there are 2.7 million Malaysians. There should be no abuse of the system.
The Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob says that his ministry will improve the www.1pengguna .com portal. Consumers expect him to be true to his words. He also wishes that the recent increase in electricy tariff does not affect the prices of goods. He has to improve his enforcement, showing that he is tough but reasonable.
The hike in electricity tariff puts pressure on inflation. His words on the cut of super-subsidy may not help unless he shows that he is fair.
As millions access 1 MPB portal, the ministry has to pull its socks up and ensure that it has the technology and the facilities to serve the people.
Dr Tan Seng Giaw
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