Policy and Planning – FAQ

1. What are the main functions of the Policy and Strategic Planning Division of KPDNHEP?

     The Policy and Strategic Planning Division ( BDPS) is responsible in identifying and monitoring current issues at the domestic and international levels which              will impact domestic trade and consumerism. It is also involved in formulating appropriate policies based on the current needs.

2.What is KPDNHEP’s role at the international arena?

    The Ministry undertakes the responsibility of coordinating and participating in negotiations at the international level on issues concerning free trade                            agreements, intellectual property rights, competition policy, trade, distribution and consumerism.

3.How does the Ministry cooperate with the private sector?

     The cooperation between the Ministry and the private sector is executed through consultations and meetings on specific issues and through the Ministry’s               Annnual Consultative Dialogue.

4.What is the Consumer Price Index (CPI)?

   The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is an indicator  to show the percentage of change in prices of goods and services purchased by consumers. The price changes          are measured by comparing the cost of goods and services for the designated period.

5.What are the products or services categorised in the measure of CPI?
     There are 12 major product groups which includes 460 items as follows:-

01     food and non-alcoholic beverages
02     alcoholic beverages and tobacco
03     clothing and footwear
04     housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels
05     household furnishings, equipments and maintenance
06     health
07     transportation
08     communication
09     recreational and cultural services
10     education
11     restaurant dan hotel

12     miscellaneous goods and services

6.Is  it true that “Prices of goods in Malaysia are higher compared to the CPI”?

     This is not true because the CPI is an indicator of an increase or a decrease in the prices of goods and services which are generally based on the above items. It        cannot be compared with any single type of item or a group of products only.

7.What can be considered as fair trade practices?
     In general, fair trade practices refer to a healthy business environment with fair competition, reasonable pricing of goods and services, ethical trade practices,         reduction of commercial exploitation, quality goods and services being offered to consumers which will lead to better business satisfaction to both the                         consumers and traders.