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PUTRAJAYA, Sept 2: The price of Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kits (self-test) in Malaysia will be capped at RM19.90 per set for retail and RM16 per set for wholesale, effective Sunday (Sept 5).
This is was jointly announced by Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Dato Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi and Minister of Health Khairy Jamaluddin today.
As is the case with face mask prices, they said the government has taken into consideration the increased demand for the Covid-19 self-test kits following increased public awareness on conducting self-testing.
“The Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kit (self-test) is a device conditionally approved by the Medical Device Authority (MDA) and Ministry of Health Malaysia (KKM) for the detection of antigens that cause Covid-19, by using samples of oral fluids and nasal swabs.
“As a concerned and serious government in addressing the rising cost of living today, and as a sign of the ministry’s support for tackling Covid-19, KPDNHEP will exercise control over retail and wholesale prices for the self-test kits under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 and Control of Supplies Act 1961,” said Nanta.
He also reminded the public that stern action will be taken against traders who fail to comply with the new regulations.
Individuals found selling the Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kits (self-test) above the maximum prices will be fined up to RM100,000 or imprisoned not exceeding three years, or both, or compounded up to RM50,000.
For the same offence, companies can be fined up to RM500,000, or compounded up to RM250,000.
Consumers who wish to report traders may file their complaints with the ministry through e-mail (email@example.com), call centre (1800 886 800), smartphone application (Ez ADU), Enforcement Command Centre (03-8882 6245, 03-8882 6088), or WhatsApp (019-279 4317). — DayakDaily