Ever since its launch in April, the Touch ‘n Go Enhanced NFC cards have been scalped by unscrupulous parties at insane prices, due to a limited supply of said cards. These things, which cost just RM10 through official channels, were being offered for sale on Lazada and Shopee for as much as RM100 at one point, and even now, you can find the cards at multiple times the retail price.
It’s been five months, but the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has finally “detected” the sale of these TNG cards at “exorbitant” prices, according to Bernama. In a statement, minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said the enforcement division had received four official complaints on the matter and detected 13 sales listings on several online platforms.
He added that even a petrol station’s employees have been caught scalping cards, based on preliminary investigations. “The individuals were found to be selling TNG NFC cards that originally cost RM10 each without any credit on it at a rate of more than five times, through the online market platforms,” Nanta said.
So far, the ministry has inspected a total of 11 private residences and business premises in relation to this case, using information from these shopping platforms. Nanta said authorities also sent six notices, in accordance to Section 21 of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 (AKHAP) 2011, to the parties involved.
Offenders served these notices were required to submit an official response or explanation to KPDNHEP’s enforcement division. “Failing to do so, the parties involved may be subject to action according to Section 21(5) of AKHAP 2011 for refusing or failing to submit feedback,” Nanta said, adding that the ministry will meet with Touch ‘n Go to find out more about the sale of the Enhanced cards and why supply has been so limited.
To recap, the new TNG Enhanced cards use near-field communication technology to allow users to top up their balance by placing the cards on their NFC-enabled smartphones. Reloads are performed via the TNG eWallet app, which has to be linked to the card. As such, PayDirect is enabled automatically, although you’re now able to turn this feature off with the latest app update, preventing funds from being deducted from your eWallet.
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