The new ceiling retail price of RM1 per piece for the three-layer face mask will be enforced from Saturday, Aug 15.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi said the ceiling price was set after the ministry found that the supply of that type of face mask is adequate to meet the demand from consumers throughout the country.
“Since the supply of face mask in the market is adequate as proven by our inspections and monitoring, as well as through our engagement with the industry players, manufacturers and retailers, the ministry had decided to revise the ceiling price.
“This is also because we have found that although the ceiling price was set at RM1.50 per piece, some retailers were able to sell it below the ceiling price,” he told a press conference at the Parliament Building here today.
Last Monday, during question time at the Dewan Rakyat, Nanta announced that the government has agreed to reduce the ceiling price of the three-layer face mask to RM1 per piece to help reduce the people’s burden following the government’s directive in making compulsory the use of face mask at public places starting Aug 1.
The maximum wholesale price has also been lowered to RM0.95 per unit.
“The ministry is prepared to reduce the ceiling price again from time to time. This will be an ongoing process. The RM1 per unit price is not the end as we will see and study this with stakeholders,” Nanta said.
Putrajaya is considering providing reusable face masks to low-income households and school children but has yet to make any announcements.