By Emma Victoria
THE government is expected to impose a temporary ban on the export of face masks to prioritise local demand amid the rising cases of Covid-19 in the country.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affair Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi said besides, it has become more challenging to source for raw materials to produce face masks now due to increasing demands around the globe.
“We don’t have the materials here (in Malaysia). So, we need to import them from China as well as other European countries,” he was quoted as saying by Berita Harian.
There are only four face masks manufacturers in the country.
“We have instructed them to increase their production and focus on the local market first. We need it for our people,” he told reporters at a press conference in Kuching today.
The Ministry is monitoring the situation closely and will impose the ban once there is a serious shortage in the country.
He also urged suppliers and sellers not to stock up on face masks or sell them in bulk.
At such, it will affect those who really need the item.
In addition, stern action will be taken against those who take advantage or increase the prices of the mask faces at this difficult time.