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A private hospital in Kuala Lumpur is under investigation by the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) for allegedly overcharging their patients for the use of three-ply masks.
In a statement shared on the ministry’s official Facebook page, Director of Enforcement Datuk Iskandar Halim Sulaiman said the investigation was launched after they received a complaint from a member of the public who was reportedly charged RM201.60 for 18 pieces of three-ply masks used by the nurses when treating him.
The price is high, equivalent to RM11.20 each, compared to the ceiling price set at RM1.50 per piece.Datuk Iskandar Halim Sulaiman via Malay Mail
The ministry has since confiscated documents pertaining to the transaction from the hospital and is investigating the case under two separate sections of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.
Specifically under Section 11 which involves the selling or offering to sell controlled items (in this case, face masks) at prices exceeding the set ceiling price, and Section 14 which involves the profiteering by selling or offering to sell the goods (also the masks).
In a statement, Iskandar emphasised that KPDNHEP is serious about ensuring that the sale of face masks in the country was not overpriced and would continue to be obtainable at the affordable price set by the ministry.
He also encouraged the public to contact the ministry and report any suspicious activities they happen upon.
KPDNHEP can be reached at their hotline (1-800-886-800 or 03-8882 6088/ 6245 at the Enforcement Command Centre (ECC)) or through email (http://e-aduan.kpdnhep.gov.my).
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