KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 13): Malaysia’s new ceiling price for three-ply face masks at RM1 per piece will be enforced beginning Saturday (Aug 15) in line with the government’s decision on the mandatory use of the item to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi said today.

The enforcement date announcement today follows the Kapit Member of Parliament’s announcement on Tuesday (Aug 11) on his ministry’s decision to lower the ceiling price of the item.

Today, Alexander said: “Given that the current ceiling price of RM1.50 has been around for quite a while and the fact that the supply of the product in the market is sufficient, we decided to reduce the ceiling price down to RM1 instead of RM1.20 as planned previously."

“Based on our observation and engagement with industry players including [face mask] manufacturers, we’re confident that there is sufficient supply of the product in the market.

"Some retailers are also selling the item at less than the current ceiling price which means that there is no shortage in the product supply,” Alexander told a press conference after the Parliament's morning session here today.

Malaysia has made the use of face masks mandatory in crowded public areas starting Aug 1, 2020 to curb the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Earlier news reports quoted health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah as saying if an individual is at a crowded place where physical distancing cannot be practised, the use of face masks is mandatory.

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