By Chew Lip Song
THE government will further reduce the ceiling price of face masks to below RM1.20 following appeals to make the item more affordable to the poor.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi said the decision was made after taking into consideration public feedback.
Yesterday, Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen had called on the ministry to reduce the ceiling price of three-ply face masks.
Chong, the former deputy minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs said global supply of face masks had normalised since the Covid-19 outbreak first started.
“We are going to reduce it from the proposed RM1.20 to a lower price and the decision will be made in a few days,” Alexander told the Dewan Rakyat today.
On July 23, Alexander had announced that the ceiling price of face masks would be reduced to RM1.20 from RM1.50 per unit from Aug 15.
He said the wholesale price for the product would also be reduced from the current RM1.45 per unit to RM1.15 from the same date.
Nanta said the rationale behind the price reduction was in line with the government’s plan to make it compulsory to use face masks in crowded public areas.