Covid-19 self-test kit: the Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumption records 34 cases of traders, pharmacies selling above the recommended price | Malaysia



So far, most traders follow the recommended retail price, according to the ministry. – Photo by Firdaus Latif

KUALA BERANG, September 18 – The Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has recorded 34 cases of traders and pharmacies selling the Covid-19 self-test kit above the recommended price.

Deputy Minister Datuk Rosol Wahid said the infringements were detected after checks were carried out at more than 1,800 premises from September 5 until yesterday across the country.

“A single case was made up of RM250 under the Price Control and Anti-Profit Law of 2011. The number of violations detected is not alarming.

“Our checks also revealed that 185 traders and pharmacies were selling the self-test kit below the controlled price while 1,552 cases were found to have sold the kit at the recommended retail price.

“Overall, the traders have given their full cooperation by following the recommended price,” he told reporters after visiting the vaccination center (PPV) of the Malaysian Construction Academy in Jenagor East Region today. at Hulu Terengganu.

As of September 5, the KPDNHEP had set the maximum retail price for a unit of the Covid-19 self-test kit at RM19.90 while the wholesale price was set at RM16.

Asked about the rise in fish prices nationwide, Rosol said he has had discussions with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry (MAFI) to flood the market with frozen fish stock soon. Q’Fish.

“It is true that we had received complaints on Facebook, from our agents and some had told me directly that selar sold for RM16 per kg while mackerel could go up to RM22 per kg. Q’Fish stock may be the alternative for consumers.

“We need to educate the public and dispel the idea that Q’Fish is not fresh compared to fish sold in the market because this is not true since fresh fish from the sea will be frozen immediately,” he said. he declares.

Q’Fish, a quality product from the Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority (LKIM), is sold at a much cheaper price to consumers to ensure the supply is not affected. – Bernama



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