Controlled item

We bought a box of surgical mask at one of the Watson stores in Miri this morning for RM40 a box (of 50 pcs). That’s 80 sen a piece.

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A user of Facebook suggested that women lingerie should also be treated as controlled item too.

Extract from The Star, 20th August 2009

Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the prices approved by the Cabinet yesterday would ensure that there was no profiteering by the traders from the influenza A(H1N1) pandemic.

The ceiling price set for each single-ply surgical mask is at 7 sen, 20 sen for two-ply, 80 sen for triple-ply and RM6 for the cup-like N95 types.

Ismail said the prices were set after the Government had made a study on the production cost for masks and had decided that even with the ceiling prices, the retailers and wholesalers would still be able to make some “fair profits.”

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Thursday August 20, 2009

Ceiling prices set for masks

By DHARMENDER SINGH

PUTRAJAYA: The Government has set the ceiling prices for various types of surgical masks, which have been declared price-controlled items, with immediate effect.

Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the prices approved by the Cabinet yesterday would ensure that there was no profiteering by the traders from the influenza A(H1N1) pandemic.

The ceiling price set for each single-ply surgical mask is at 7 sen, 20 sen for two-ply, 80 sen for triple-ply and RM6 for the cup-like N95 types.

Ismail said the prices were set after the Government had made a study on the production cost for masks and had decided that even with the ceiling prices, the retailers and wholesalers would still be able to make some “fair profits.”

Urgent cloud seedling needed

The photos below are taken this morning. I believe the API reading is between 190-210 and is no better than yesterday evening.

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Back in my home town, Saratok, it was reported that the tap have been dry since the last three or four days. Coastal villagers are in urgent need of fresh water supply.

With the current increase in the H1N1 cases, I am not sure if the hospital can cope up with diarrhea cases if the water supplies are not being looked into urgently.

Today, the local media is (again) highlighting the Dudong branch issue again!! When a student email to the opposition, our DCM jump off his seat! The people of Sarawak are interested to know what is being done (at least the latest) on cloud seedling, H1N1 – has the hospital been equipped accordingly, can we speed up the process of tendering and construction of what are required to counter the haze, the H1N1, etc.. before any other major outbreak appear e.g. diarrhea.

Little Lubok Antu in Miri Resort City

Mother and Child Health Clinic

If anything like this to happen in Lubok Antu, I won’t be surprise because due to its small population, the gomen put the case 30 feet under the ground (plus its a Dayak area – takda apa nak buat cepat, lagi pun dia orang memang orang kita, apa apa pun dia tetap sokong kita).

The Barisan Nasional development policy is funny. If your area have small population, they would make it as low priority and hence, the overdue Klinik Desa expansion in Lubok Antu or relocation or whatever the government term it will only become a reality faster if the people of Batang Ai starts producing children to make it as populated as the Malay kampongs (and hence more development would come it FAST!) Ok ok.. tuan gomen, well that’s the real perception we have on you. So shut up and listen!

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