Close to half a million benefit from state govt initiatives

THE Jualan Makmur Johor (JMJ) initiative has benefitted close to 65,000 people, says state unity, trade and consumer affairs committee chairman Dr Chong Fat Full.

The initiative was launched in October last year to help the public get household items via an online mega sale.

“A total of 64,500 people have received vouchers through the JMJ initiative.

“On top of that, some 300,000 have benefitted from the Bantuan Kasih Johor programme under the Ihsan Johor 3.0 economic stimulus package where they each received RM200 to buy daily needs.

“Another 120,000 people have also received relief through the state food basket programme, and many other initiatives have been carried out to ease the burden of Johoreans,” he said.

Dr Chong said this in his winding-up speech during the Johor state assembly sitting at Bangunan Sultan Ismail here.

On the hike in the price of goods, Dr Chong said the state government viewed the matter seriously and was taking measures to control the situation.

“Cost is one of the factors and it is beyond our control.

“For example, the price of food for farmed chicken, which consists of corn and soy beans, has gone up.

“Almost 80% of the food for these farm animals is imported and they are impacted by the increase in price.

“However, we have taken measures for items that we can control.”

He said these efforts included regular checks by enforcement officers, implementing the Festive Season Maximum Price Control Scheme, giving subsidies for basic food items such as sugar and flour as well as having a ceiling price for certain items.

“The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry had also conducted engagement sessions with industry players to ensure there is ample food supply.

“This is because the demand and supply factor also contributes to increase in the price of goods,” he said.

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