Ceiling price for 3-ply face masks set at 70 sen from Nov 1

by FARA AISYAH / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

THE government will be lowering the ceiling price for face masks from RM1 per unit to 70 sen, effective Nov 1, 2020.

For wholesale purchase, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said the three-ply face masks (surgical/ medical) will be reduced from 95 sen per unit to 65 sen per unit.

The wholesale price for one-ply face masks with ear loop will be capped at five sen, two-ply face masks with ear loop at 16 sen and N95 face masks at RM5.

Meanwhile, the new maximum retail price for the one-ply type is seven sen, two-ply is 20 sen and N95 is RM6.

“Taking into account people’s need to continue to adopt new norms, especially the continuous use of face masks, KPDNHEP has reviewed the prices, with the involvement of local manufacturers and importers,” he said in a statement yesterday.

“KPDNHEP always monitors and inspects business premises and online stores to ensure that supply of face masks is sufficient and that they comply with the ceiling price,” he added.

Nanta Linggi said the results of the inspection showed satisfactory compliance where almost all retailers sell face masks either at the RM1 ceiling price or less.

The ministry has also monitored the production and distribution of face masks in all 12 local face mask processing plants.

Nanta Linggi said a total of 141 million units of face masks have been produced by all these manufacturers and distributed for sale into the local market from April until September 2020.

KPDNHEP has conducted a total of 67,217 inspections and monitoring of face mask prices, as well as supplies throughout the country from Jan 29 to Oct 25.

The inspection has opened a total of 73 cases with RM543,737 seizure value, involving a total of RM518,400 compound.

Effective Aug 15, the price for face masks was reduced by 30 sen to RM1.20 per piece, following the government’s move to make wearing face masks mandatory in crowded areas and public transportation from Aug 1.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision was taken due to the increase in new Covid-19 cases in July.

While the public can wear homemade face masks, Health DG Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said they must comply with the specifications set by the World Health Organisation, among which is three layers to prevent the risk of contamination.