Government will look into mask price hike concern

James Kon

The Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam is looking into irresponsible shops who hiked the price of masks amid the concerns of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar during the press conference yesterday said, “Unfortunately, masks are not a price control led item but we are looking into this. Members of the public with information can inform the government regarding this issue.”

With the implementation of several measures against the coronavirus, and the reduction of tourist arrivals, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Haji Apong said, “We were informed that Chinese authorities instructed China’s travel agents to stop bringing tourists out of China starting from January 28 to curb the spread of the virus.”

“The efforts to fight the spread of the virus were also taken by Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and other countries. We expect tourist arrivals from china to be less compared to last year. Travel agents, hotels and airlines will be affected this year,” he said.