Although deemed a necessity amid the pandemic, not everyone can afford face masks on a daily basis for them and their families. Right now, the maximum price of three-ply face masks are RM1.20 per unit, but starting 15 August, the government has confirmed it will be RM1.
According to Malay Mail, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi said in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday that the government will lower the ceiling price for three-ply surgical face masks to RM1 at the retail level and 95 sen for wholesalers, but did not specify when this would take effect.
Now, the government has confirmed that the order, known as the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering (Determination of Maximum Price) (No. 2) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2020, will be take effect on 15 August.
This order was made by price controller Datuk Seri Hasnol Zam Zam Ahmad on 10 August, with the approval of Alexander Nanta on the same day.
The maximum retail price is RM1 per unit or RM50 per box, while the maximum wholesale price is RM0.95 per unit or RM47.50 per box. This applies to three-ply face masks, whether surgical or medical, that are worn either by ear loop, head loop or head tie-on.
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