By Adrian Lim
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 6: The ceiling price of three-ply face masks will be reduced further to enable the B40 and M40 income groups to buy it.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi said the ministry has taken measures to ensure that the price of goods especially face masks will remain affordable, adding that a decision to lower the ceiling price of face masks will be made in the near future.
“The ceiling price for one unit of three-ply face has been reduced from RM1.50 a unit to RM1.20 per unit.
“But for now, due to feedback from the public, we have discussed and the price will be brought down further from RM1.20 (a unit).
“This is because we are (a) caring (government) and we are sensitive to the needs of the people. We have no problem lowering the ceiling price of face masks.
“We are going to reduce it from RM1.20 a piece to another price which is lower. We will make the decision within the next two or three days,” he said at the Parliament today.
Nanta was replying to questions from Kota Melaka MP Khoo Poay Tiong who asked the minister whether KPDNHEP is looking to lower down the ceiling price of face masks as the federal government has made it compulsory to wear face masks in public.
Khoo had asked Nanta whether the ministry had any measures to assist the B40 and M40 income groups to purchase face masks since it is mandatory to wear face masks in public to prevent Covid-19 infection.
Khoo noted that those who do not wear face masks in public will be fined RM1,000 by the federal government. —DayakDaily