Ministry monitoring sellers to prevent price hike in face masks

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 13 Feb 2020

Abdul Halim (in white shirt) looks on as Ionic Global Sdn Bhd chairman Michelle Lau (in green) shows the right way to sanitise hands during the presentation ceremony.

WHOLESALERS and retailers have been warned not to take advantage of the demand for face masks by hiking its prices.

State domestic and international trade committee chairman Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain said to ensure that the mask supply was fairly priced, the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry had been carrying out checks around Penang.

“From Jan 27 until Feb 3, the ministry had done checks at 64 premises.

“The operator of one of the premises was compounded for selling the N95 face mask at RM7 per unit.

“The compound is under Section 11 of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 and the ministry will continue monitoring prices of face masks in the state,” he said.

The usual retail price for the N95 mask is set at RM6 each while the price for a tie-on three-layer surgical mask is 80 sen.

Abdul Halim said while the demand for hand sanitisers and face masks increased, he urged wholesalers and retailers not to take advantage of the situation .

“We will continue to monitor the sale of these items and we hope at the same time, the sellers would help ensure a healthy supply of the items,” he said after attending the face masks and sanitisers presentation ceremony at Penang Digital Library in Southbay Plaza in Batu Maung on Friday.

During the ceremony, Abdul Halim presented a box of face masks and a box of sanitisers each to 16 representatives from schools within the Batu Maung constituency.

“We know that the supply of face masks and sanitisers is running low recently, and even if the public wants to buy there are no stock available.

“So, we hope that the supply we provide to the schools will be able to help them considerably.

“I hope that the schools can help teach the students about personal hygiene, as they play an important role in educating the young ones,” he said.

The schools which received the masks and sanitisers were SRJK(C) Chong Cheng, SJK(T) Sungai Ara, SK Sungai Ara, SK Seri Permai, SJK(C) Chung Shan, SK Permatang Damar Laut, SK Batu Maung, SJK(C) Wen Khai, SMK Batu Maung, SMK Sungai Ara, SMK Raja Tun Uda, Sekolah Rendah Agama Rakyat (SRAR) Permatang Damar Laut, SRAR Batu Maung, SK Mutiara Perdana, SJK(T) Bayan Lepas and SMJK Heng Ee Bayan Baru.

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