|COVID–19 NEWS||COVID: Daily cases continue to drop in Sarawak - JPBN | COVID: 5,434 new cases today, daily cases continues downtrend - Health DG | COVID: Gov't to focus on one general SOP, nine guidelines - Hishammuddin | COVID: 93.8 pct of Malaysia's adult population fully vaccinated | No haste to inoculate children below 12, a wise move – experts ||
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 -- The proposal to lower the ceiling price of the COVID-19 self-test kit must be studied by taking into account the interests of all parties and cannot be done in haste, the Dewan Rakyat was told.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said the implementation of the proposal must be able to create a win-win situation between the consumers, manufacturers and traders.
“The KPDNHEP will continue to hold engagement sessions with the Ministry of Health (MOH), taking into account the views of all stakeholders, as well as the production and import costs, before the decision to lower the price (of self-test kits) is made,” he said during the Minister's Question Time today.
Nanta was answering a question from Cha Kee Chin (PH-Rasah) who wanted to know whether the ministry will further lower the ceiling price of the COVID-19 self-test kit which is currently set at RM19.90 to enable more people to afford it, especially the B40.
Cha further suggested that the ceiling price of the test kit be reduced in stages from RM15 to RM5.
In reply to Cha's supplementary question on setting a ceiling price for other products such as the “spray guns” (for sanitation), pulse oximeters and air purifiers which are now widely used by the people, Nanta said the proposal would also be scrutinised.
Earlier last month, KPDNHEP set the maximum retail price for a set of COVID-19 self-test kit at RM19.90, while the wholesale price was set at RM16 effective Sept 5.
Meanwhile, Nanta said so far there were 16 brands of self-test kits that had been approved by the Medical Device Authority (MDA) and it would be added from time to time to create price competitiveness in the market, and prices could be lowered.
Nanta also said that KPDNHEP always carries out enforcement to ensure that traders and manufacturers comply with the set ceiling prices.
He added that from Sept 5 to 20, a total of 2,261 premises were inspected involving 123 wholesalers and 2,138 retailers, and 10 traders who sold the kits above the set ceiling price were issued warnings.
Bernama is the trusted source of reliable real-time comprehensive and accurate news for both the public and media practitioners. Our news is published at www.bernama.com ; BERNAMA TV on: Astro Channel 502, unifi TV Channel 631, MYTV Channel 121 IFLIX; and Bernama Radio broadcasting locally on FM93.9 in Klang Valley, Johor (FM107.5), Kota Kinabalu (FM107.9) and Kuching (FM100.9).
Follow us on social media :
Facebook : @bernamaofficial, @bernamatv, @bernamaradio
Twitter : @bernama.com, @BernamaTV, @bernamaradio
Instagram : @bernamaofficial, @bernamatvofficial, @bernamaradioofficial
TikTok : @bernamaofficial