State unity, domestic trade and consumerism committee chairman Dr S. Ramakrishnan said so far no complaints had been received on increase in prices of face mask or hand sanitiser.
He said the demand may have led to this situation.
He urged the public to notify the authorities of any price increase.
Ramakrishnan said many shops had run out of these items due to fear over the novel coronavirus.
“Face mask and hand sanitiser are not controlled items and as such we cannot stop the public from buying in bulk.
“This includes Singaporeans and Chinese nationals who reportedly made huge purchases of these items here,” he said.
He advised the public not to panic and refrain from stocking up on face mask and hand sanitiser.
“We understand that many want to take precautionary measures following the outbreak of the disease but buy what is needed for personal and family use, instead of buying in boxes to stock up,” he said.
He added that the state also welcomed manufactures or businesses that could supply these items.
It was reported that Johor had run out of supply of face mask and hand sanitiser since last week.
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