Private hospital fined RM200,000 for overpriced face masks

The ceiling price set by the government for three-ply masks is RM1.50 a piece.

PUTRAJAYA: A private hospital has been fined RM200,000 for selling three-ply face masks at above the ceiling price, the domestic trade and consumer affairs ministry said today.

In a statement, it said the compound was issued to the hospital for the offence committed under Section 11 of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.

The hospital will be charged in court if it fails to pay the compound within the stipulated time.

The ministry conducted an inspection of the hospital on May 13 following a story which went viral of a patient who was allegedly charged RM201.60 for 18 three-ply masks used by the nurses.

This comes to RM11.20 apiece. The government’s ceiling price for three-ply face masks is RM1.50 each.

The ministry also seized several documents along with face masks of the same variety for further investigations.

“We are serious about ensuring that face masks are available at a price that does not exceed the maximum allowed,” it said.

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