By S. Harrish
COVID-19 test prices must be synchronised between West and East Malaysia so that it will be more affordable for the people.
Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said a price cap on the test was necessary in the nation’s fight against Covid-19.
He said this is in response to a recent statement by the Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba that the price of Covid-19 tests has been capped to ensure that it remains reasonable.
However, the capped prices are different between West and East Malaysia.
For the RT-PCR tests, it is RM150 in the Peninsula but RM 200 in Sabah and Sarawak.
For the RTK-Antigen tests, it is RM60 (Peninsula) and RM80 (EM) while the RTK-Antibody tests cost RM50 (Peninsula) and RM70 (EM).
“Why must there always be a price difference between West and East Malaysia even when it comes to something so important during a pandemic?
“The government must find ways to subsidise the difference in cost so that that it is equitable for all,” he said in a statement.
Dr Yii said it was an injustice for East Malaysians pay almost 40% more for the tests.
He added that the excuse of transportation cost or other common excuses often used to justify this was unreasonable and the government should find ways to make it affordable and equitable for all.
“We should be encouraging more mass testing and the best way to do it is to involve the private sector in all locations.
“That is why, we need to make it as affordable as possible and encourage more to come out to test especially in outbreak areas,” he said.