Traders compounded RM10,000 selling expensive face masks

KEMAMAN - Instead of selling face masks above the price of control, a retailer around Taman Chukai Utama here has been shelling out RM10,000 today.

The dealer was found to sell 70 units of three-layer face masks for RM2.40 per unit by a team of law enforcement officials from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) yesterday while the price was set at RM1.50 per unit.

Terengganu KPDNHEP director Saharuddin Mohd Kia said during an inspection around 12 noon on the premises, a 45-year-old woman who was the owner of the premises was charged with compounding.

According to him, all the exhibits worth RM168 were seized and investigations would be conducted under the provisions of Section 11 of the Price Control and Anti-Profit Act 2011.

"If convicted, the suspect could face a maximum fine of RM100,000 or three years imprisonment or both," he said in a statement today.

Saharuddin said the retail sale price for the controlled face mask was 15 cents per type of plywood, 20 sen per unit for two layers, RM1.50 per unit for three layers and RM6 per unit for N95.

During the period under the Motion Control (CPP) Order, the Terengganu KPDNHEP conducted 5,798 inspections and produced 87 cases involving a compound value of RM33,000.

"We have also received 205 complaints from the public and action has been taken.

"For any complaints or concerns, the public can contact the Terengganu KPDNHEP Operations Room and all branches operating from 8am to 6pm through various channels," he said.