The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (MDTCA) is now officially known as the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism (MDTCC), effective 11 June 2009.
MDTCC, originally MDTCA, was established in Oct 1990 with the objective to promote an ethical domestic trade while protecting the interests of the consumers.
The Ministry's responsibilities include monitoring domestic trade, advocating and protecting consumers' rights, protection of intellectual properties as well as registration and governance of businesses.
In exercising the responsibilities, the Ministry makes and reviews related laws and policies, monitors the prices of essential items and carries out enforcement activities to maintain a healthy domestic trade environment.
The Ministry is also responsible in coordinating the policies, licensing, regulations and activities related to the safety of petroleum, petrochemical and gas industry.
The name change was made because a number of cooperative-related agencies, which were previously under the Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Ministry (MeCD), which was then abolished, now came under this Ministry.
The Ministry is also responsible to the agencies previously under MeCD including Perbadanan Nasional (PNS), Cooperative Commission of Malaysia, the Cooperative College of Malaysia and those related to franchising and the vendor sector.