Controlled item

We bought a box of surgical mask at one of the Watson stores in Miri this morning for RM40 a box (of 50 pcs). That’s 80 sen a piece.

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A user of Facebook suggested that women lingerie should also be treated as controlled item too.

Extract from The Star, 20th August 2009

Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the prices approved by the Cabinet yesterday would ensure that there was no profiteering by the traders from the influenza A(H1N1) pandemic.

The ceiling price set for each single-ply surgical mask is at 7 sen, 20 sen for two-ply, 80 sen for triple-ply and RM6 for the cup-like N95 types.

Ismail said the prices were set after the Government had made a study on the production cost for masks and had decided that even with the ceiling prices, the retailers and wholesalers would still be able to make some “fair profits.”

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Thursday August 20, 2009

Ceiling prices set for masks

By DHARMENDER SINGH

PUTRAJAYA: The Government has set the ceiling prices for various types of surgical masks, which have been declared price-controlled items, with immediate effect.

Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the prices approved by the Cabinet yesterday would ensure that there was no profiteering by the traders from the influenza A(H1N1) pandemic.

The ceiling price set for each single-ply surgical mask is at 7 sen, 20 sen for two-ply, 80 sen for triple-ply and RM6 for the cup-like N95 types.

Ismail said the prices were set after the Government had made a study on the production cost for masks and had decided that even with the ceiling prices, the retailers and wholesalers would still be able to make some “fair profits.”

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