Yesterday, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi announced that the ceiling price of the face mask was raised from 80 sen to RM2 per piece, besides permission to allow imports of the item to meet a shortage in the domestic market.
Elaborating further, Fadillah said once arrived, the face masks would be distributed by the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma).
“The priority for these masks will be the frontliners, those who are handling COVID-19 cases, clinics, Ministry of Health, police, Immigration and military personnel, among others, ” he said.
He added if there were an extra of the item, only then it would be put in the market for the public.
Fadillah said the distribution for the market would also be handled by Nadma and Pharmaniaga.
Meanwhile, on the instructions to restrict the operation of shops that sell food or essential goods in each state, Fadillah said the ministerial committee at its meeting yesterday decided to give the power to the respective state governments to issue the order.
Among states that had issued such order are Melaka and Pahang.
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