KOTA KINABALU: A retail shop outlet in Semporna was slapped with a RM10,000 compound fine for selling face masks above the controlled price set by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry.
The ministry's Semporna enforcement officer Arsanti Abd Rashid said that the business premise operator was issued the summons after an inspection was carried out on Thursday (Feb 13) following a complaint lodged via the e-Aduan system.
In a statement issued on Friday (Feb 14), he said that they also seized the sales receipts during the inspection where they found that the retailer was selling the faces masks above the maximum allowed price.
He said that action was taken under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.
"We will continue to carry out operations to check on the prices," he said, adding that since Jan 29, they have inspected seven premises in
Semporna and Kunak.
Members of the public who come across traders profiteering from the sales of face masks are urged to alert the ministry immediately as the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak as seen demand for face masks skyrocket.
Face masks are a controlled price item under the Price Control (Controlled Prices) Order 2009 and the Price Control (Maximum Pricing) (No.2) Order 2009.
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