SIBU: Due to strong demand from the public for Covid-19 RTK-Antigen self-test kit, most pharmacies here are selling between 150 to 300 units a day.
The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry Sibu chief, Kelyn Bolhassan, told reporters on Monday (Sept 13) that since the implementation of the ceiling price for the kit on Sept 5, they had inspected close to 40 premises selling it.
"We found from our inspection that there is a strong demand for the item. Every pharmacy is selling between 150 to 300 units per day," he said.
The government has set a ceiling price for all 14 types of such test kits at RM19.90 each but businesses were given a one-week grace period to clear their old stock. The grace period ended Sunday (Sept 12).
Kelyn said so far they had not received any complaints from the public on pharmacies selling the kits above the ceiling price.
"The public can lodge a complaint with us if they know of pharmacies selling above the ceiling price and we will take action," he said.
Kelyn said action against shops selling above the ceiling price would be taken under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.
The Act, he said provides for a fine of up to RM100,000 or imprisonment not exceeding three years or both, or a compound up to RM50,000 for an individual. For Companies, they could be fined up to RM500,000 or receive a compound of up to RM250,000.
"For those buying the kits online, I advise them to only buy from licensed sellers who have registered with the Medical Device Authority," he said.
Complaints can be made at e-aduan.kpdnhep.gov.my, and WhatsApp 019-279 4317.