The Malaysia Competition Commission (MyCC) recently launched the publication of its findings and recommendations contained in its Market Review under the Competition Act 2010 for the Service Sector in Malaysia (Wholesale and Retail for Selected Product) in line with section 11 and 12 of CA 2010 at an event graced by the Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumers Affairs Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi.
The Market Review is conducted to better understand the market structure and to assess market activities along the supply chain in order to identify any anti-competitive conduct in the wholesale and retail trade (WRT) covering four selected product caetgories; namely processed food and beverages; personal care and toiletries; household cleaning products; and clothing. The market review also aims to review any regulation and policy that may impede on competition in the sector in Malaysia.
As part of the findings, MyCC has proposed recommendations to further improve the competition process within the four selected product categories to support the government’s efforts in addressing the cost of living and ease of doing business in Malaysia. The report findings have identified several market-driven issues, which highlighted the shift in purchasing habits of Malaysian consumers towards digital and e-commerce platforms due to the Movement Control Order (MCO). The market review shows that online platforms could cut operating costs, which will indirectly lead to reduced prices for consumers.
The findings of the report have also identified the main regulatory-driven issues whereby Malaysians, in particular businesses, are still unaware of the effects and content of the Competition Act 2010 and the Price Control AntiProfiteering Act 2011. The report has suggested some preliminary recommendations, which include facilitating structural reforms to ensure efficiency and resiliency; fostering a competitive environment towards industry best practices; establishing progressive policies and regulations with long term positive impact; and keeping the rules and regulations for the Willing To Relocate (WRT) industry up-to-date.
“The recommendations highlighted in the report are significant to reduce unnecessary regulatory burden and bureaucracy; in order to encourage the creation and growth of the business sector in Malaysia particularly in the WRT industry”, said Iskandar Ismail, Chief Executive Officer of MyCC.
The MyCC also believes that the study is a vital reference for policy makers in accordance with the government’s attempts to tackle market-driven and regulatory-driven issues in the service sector. The study was kick-started in July 2019 and has gone through extensive analysis, multiple dialogue sessions and meetings with key stakeholders in the service sectors; including relevant ministries, government agencies, industry and consumer associations and industry players.