The Ministry of Trade (Kemendag) warned to those sellers and traders to not take advantage of the coronavirus epidemic that struck China and other countries. As is known when the outbreak of coronavirus sticks out, the demand for masks has increased accompanied by soaring price increases.
Therefore, sellers and traders were urged to not take opportunity amid Corona virus outbreak by selling masks with price exceeds normal limits.
“There are even masks price reaching IDR 4 million per carton, therefore the Ministry of Trade is ready to revoke the permit of shops or traders who sell masks beyond the normal limit,” said Director General of Consumer Protection and Trade Order at the Ministry of Trade Veri Anggriono in Jakarta, Tuesday (11/2) .
Furthermore, Veri said, the government did not prohibit producers and distributors for taking profits. However, it was expected that traders will also be concerned about the disaster that befell victims of the corona virus.
“First we want to advise in this situation, do not take the opportunity to raise the price, because that will burden consumers too. But for the price, do not charge too much. “If they do not pay attention on it, they will be given administrative sanctions, freezing and revocation,” he explained.
The government also asked the people to participate in preventing corona virus, as of it importers and producers were asked to provide reasonable and affordable prices as a form of concern.
“From the trading side, please help by providing affordable prices, do not let this coronavirus be an opportunity for price increases. We must have a little concerned. “As importers and producers, because again, amid the outbreak we also want to help each other,” he explained.