KPDNHEP to consult industry on new self-test kit ceiling price

by AMIR AZLAN / pic by BERNAMA

THE Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) will meet with 28 manufacturers and importers tomorrow to discuss on Covid-19 self-test kits new selling price.

Deputy Minister Datuk Rosol Wahid (picture) said the government will take measures to ensure the test kits are affordable and accessible to all Malaysians.

“As of now, the kits are being sold at a ceiling price of RM19 and RM16 (retail price), and since Malaysians are required to do this test to ensure safety as we are entering the endemic phase, we will try to negotiate a better deal for both the people and the industry player.

“We want all people to be able to get their hands on the kits as it is now a necessity as every sector such as schools, businesses, tourism and others has started to reopen,” he said after the launching of the fifth emart24 outlet, a Korean convenience store in Bandar Sunway yesterday.

He added, to ensure a greater range of accessibility the ministry will team up with the Ministry of Health (MoH) to distribute the test kits all over Malaysia by engaging with convenience stores.

“A discussion had been done to broaden the range of accessibility of the test kits and it will be sold at the convenient store recognised by MoH so that it could reach the rural people of Malaysia,” he said.

Before this, KPDNHEP had announced that a new ceiling price will be issued for the Covid-19 self-test kits after several factors are refined and finalised this November.

Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said an evaluation had been done at the industry level prior to determining the new wholesale and retail ceiling pricing for self-test kits.

There were about six million test kits on the market with the sale price that was set on Sept 5.