Govt urged to ban open sale of acid in Sabah – Masiung

KOTA KINABALU: The government is urged to immediately ban the sale of dangerous chemicals, including concentrated sulfuric acid, openly in the market of this country.


Kuamut Assemblyman Datuk Masiung Banah said that he proposed for both the state and federal governments to promptly prohibit the sale of such dangerous acid in the local market.

He said that the authorities need to look at this matter from a negative perspective, while the licenses for the sale of these chemical acids should be reviewed.

“We are concerned that the cruel act of splashing acid will become a trend for anyone with malicious intent to openly attack victims.

“Recently, these chemicals have been misused as weapons to threaten human lives because they are easily obtained without strict control,” he said in a statement today.

Masiung said that the sale of dangerous acid should be banned because it may lead to anyone attacking victims, including leaders.

“The uncontrolled sale of concentrated chemical substances is feared to bring prolonged harm to the public for hostile purposes.

“The sale of dangerous chemicals such as concentrated sulfuric, hydrochloric, and nitric acid is easily purchased at metal hardware stores,” Masiung explained.

According to him, concentrated acid can also be easily obtained through e-commerce platforms for as low as RM50 and below.

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