Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs will closely monitor the price of masks, and Chinese herbs Press statement by Dato’ Tan Lian Hoe, Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs - Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia

Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs will closely monitor the price of masks, and Chinese herbs Press statement by Dato’ Tan Lian Hoe, Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs

Masks and Chinese herbs used to cool down the heat of one’s body are important for the people to prevent the spread of H1N1 influenza and their prices should not be increased, said Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Dato’ Tan Lian Hoe.

She said she was perturbed to read in the newspapers that the price of masks and Chinese herbs would be increasing soon.

“For instance, a packet of Chinese herbs for four persons being sold at RM5 will soon increase to RM8,” she said.

“We will closely monitor the price of masks, and Chinese herbs as they are essential and widely used by the people in view of the global outbreak of H1N1,” she said.

Tan who is also Gerakan’s Vice Chairman urged traders not to take the opportunity to increase the price of masks and Chinese herbs as it would cause an extra burden to consumers.

She said it was unscrupulous to take advantage of the present situation when everybody was worried of contracting the disease.

“If the manufacturers of imported Chinese herbs or masks want to increase their prices, the local agents or importers should look for alternate sources,” she said.

Presently, a bag of masks for the N95 model is sold at RM5, while a normal mask costs 50sen to 70sen each.

She said she would talk to the traders concerned to find out the actual situation.

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