Bangladeshi man operates illegal pharmacy counter in city centre, remains unexposed for over a year

Nurul Hidayah Bahaudin

KUALA LUMPUR: A Bangladeshi man has operated pharmacy counter in Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin, here, to sell medicine brought from his homeland. The activities of the man, believed in his 40s, were exposed by members of a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Clean Malaysia Movement (CMM), who conducted data collection in the area on Aug 12. CMM committee member, Zahir Khan, said the members noticed a counter located near the kitchen of a restaurant while conducting the study there at 12.30pm. “We found dozens of medicines at the counter. When one of us asked him about the medicine, he immediately turned on his heel and ran through back door. “He managed to escape with the cash kept at the counter. We tried to apprehend him, but he managed to run away,” he said when met at Balai Berita NSTP, today. Zahir said checks on the medicine box found description written in Bengali, believed to be sold to his fellow countrymen. “We learnt from the Malaysian workers next door that the pharmacy has been operating for more than a year, and they have seen Bangladeshis buying medicine from the restaurant. “Among medicines found there were Fluconazole, Aceclofenac, Omeprazole, Dexamethasone, Ranitidine, Amoxycillin, Tastysaline, Paracetamol, Ketorolac, Ventolin and Fluconazole,” he said. He said the NGO had lodged a police report at Dang Wangi police headquarters over the incident. “We checked on the restaurant again two days after the first encounter. The pharmacy was closed, but the medicine supplies were still there. “There was a signboard placed at the counter informed that it will be closed temporarily. “We hope the authorities will take action on such illegal activities,” he added. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd