Nanta: No plans to lower or end face mask ceiling price

Nanta (seated centre) fields questions from reporters during a press conference in front of Shine Pharmacy at tHe Spring shopping mall in Kuching today (Sept 5, 2021).

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By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, Sept 5: There are no plans to lower or end the ceiling price for face masks so far, says Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Minister Dato Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi.

He said face masks are already being sold at a cheap price capped at RM0.65 per unit wholesale and RM0.70 retail.

“We are at a stage where traders are able to sell face masks at a lower price than the capped price so there is no issue (on the price of face masks).

“So far, the ministry has yet to consider ending the ceiling price because we do not know what will happen in the future.

“If there is an increase in the demand for face masks due to a worsening Covid-19 situation and there is no price control, the issue of the price of face masks will definitely emerge again,” he said during his visit to Shine Pharmacy at tHe Spring shopping mall in Kuching today.

The ceiling price for three-layer surgical or medical face masks has in force through the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011 since Nov 1 last year. – DayakDaily