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The owner of a grocery store operating in Chukai, Terengganu was issued a RM10,000 compound for selling face masks at prices above the limit set by the authorities.
Bernama reports that the 45-year-old woman had sold 70 units of three-ply face masks at RM2.40 per unit – 90 cents higher than the maximum RM1.50.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) Terengganu director Saharuddin Mohd Kia said that the inspection carried out at the premises on 26 May, Tuesday lead to authorities confiscating RM168 worth of items under Section 11 of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.
Under this act, those found guilty of profiteering can be fined a maximum of RM100,000 or three years in jail, or both.
The retail sales price of face masks is currently controlled at:
- One-ply – RM0.15/piece
- Two-ply – RM0.20/piece
- Three-ply – RM1.50/piece
- N95 – RM6.00/piece
Consumers can direct their complaints to the Domestic Trade & Consumer Affairs’ e-Aduan website HERE.
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