Coronavirus: Police to Crack Down on Surgical Face Mask Hoarders

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  • A press conference on a police raid on a illegal mask factory in a warehouse area in Central Cakung, North Jakarta, Thursday, February 27, 2020. Photo: The Jakarta Police

    A press conference on a police raid on a illegal mask factory in a warehouse area in Central Cakung, North Jakarta, Thursday, February 27, 2020. Photo: The Jakarta Police

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus said the police would crack down on surgical face mask hoarders notorious for reselling the masks at a soaring price and taking advantage amid the global coronavirus crisis. 

    The police’s initial response is to conduct cyber patrols on the many online stores that sell the commodity at an unrealistic price. 

    “First and foremost, many of them sell them through online media, which we plan to check on. Our cyber team will investigate this. We will then search for the hoarders,” said Yusri on Monday.

    He asserted that surgical face masks hoarders would face criminal charges, especially amid the pressing situation that has significantly increased the demand for these items. 

    “Don’t take personal advantage and harm the people,” he said.

    Previously, the Jakarta Police raided an illegal surgical face mask factory in Central Cakung, North Jakarta. He also mentioned Article 107/2014 that charged those who hoard basic needs that cause a price surge amid the COVID-19 coronavirus global crisis. 

    M YUSUF MANURUNG