PUTRAJAYA: Touch ‘n Go (TnG) Near-Field Communication (NFC) cards are being sold on online market platforms at exorbitant prices, says the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry.
Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said the ministry’s enforcement division received four official complaints on the matter and detected 13 card sales advertisements involving several online platforms.
Based on preliminary investigations, he said the sale of TnG NFC cards (on these online platforms) also involved employees at the payment counter of a petrol station.
“The individuals were found to be selling TnG NFC cards that originally cost RM10 each without any credit on it at a rate of more than five times, through online market platforms,” he said in a statement.
Nanta said based on checks and information from the managers of the online market platforms, a total of 11 premises including private residences and business buildings were inspected in relation to the case.
He said six notices in accordance with Section 21 of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act had been issued to the parties involved where, among others, they were required to submit an official response or explanation to the ministry’s enforcement division.
“Failure to do so and the parties involved may be subject to action according to Section 21(5) of the Act for refusing or failing to submit feedback,” he said, Bernama reported.
TnG NFC cards are sold at RM10 at selected petrol stations or through online transactions using the TnG app.
However, the two channels for the sale of the cards have reportedly been experiencing limited supply since April.
Nanta said the ministry was expected to hold a meeting with TnG to obtain an update on the methods of sale of TnG NFC cards as well as on the lack of cards.
The TnG NFC card allows users to top up anytime and anywhere via the Touch ‘n Go eWallet application available on mobile devices.
Users of the card and the service are not subject to any surcharge when a top-up is done.