The ceiling price of face masks will be reduced to RM1.20 from RM1.50 per unit from Aug 15, says Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi.
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.
“Based on the ministry’s surveillance and monitoring, face mask production and distribution is sufficient and supported by import. So, there is no supply issue,” he said during question time at the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday (July 23).
Nanta was responding to a supplementary question from Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim (GPS-Batang Lupar) on the rationale behind the reduction of price for face masks.