Liow: Acid sales to be controlled


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 23 Aug 2011

GENTING HIGHLANDS: Regulations concerning the sale of industrial acid to the public could be tightened in the wake of a spate of acid splashing attacks in the country.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said he will discuss with the Domestic Trade, Consumerism and Cooperatives Ministry on ways to control the sale of acid to the public.

“One of the things we will look into is to make it compulsory for sellers of acid to take down their customers' names and MyKad numbers,” he said after a buka puasa function by Genting Malaysia Berhad here last night.

Liow said only the sale of certain acids such as nitric acid falls under the purview of the Health Ministry, which is usually meant for laboratory use.

“Sales of these acids are regulated by the Poisons Act 1952. However, the sale of formic acid is not regulated under the Act, and does not fall under our purview,” he added.

Formic acid, usually used in the rubber industry, has been used in some acid splashing cases in the country.

Liow said in January, the Government had banned the issuing of licences to retailers to sell acid to the public.

He also expressed his concern on the acid splashing cases.

“It is very sad that some people are going around splashing acid. We need to end this menace,” said Liow.

The latest acid splashing case occurred in Jalan Raja Laut on Aug 8, where a 27-year-old youth was splashed with acid, purportedly by his friend.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar had said the police do not intend to ban the sale of acid as the chemical is widely used by the public for various purposes.

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