There are two main factors that cause the tragedy, first is fake news, and the second is fake alcohol. It may be beyond our control to prevent criminals to spread fake news, but as for products, manufacturers can play a very important role to protect their consumers from buying fake products.
Whenever feeling sick or even a bit under the weather, most people would go buy Panadol to make themselves feel better. If a medicine that is often bought is being counterfeited, what illness would be infected to us?
In April 2019, the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs was able to confiscate over RM500,000 worth of fake beauty products. However, we can still see some people buying those fake cosmetics without any precautions...
With the current outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), everyone in the world has been buying a lot of protective items such as masks and hand sanitizers. Some businesses would take this as an advantage by producing counterfeited products where they can sell it at a lower price point.