Govt mulls restricting sale of subsidised rice

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014

THE Government is mulling the tightening of rules so that subsidised rice will be sold only to Malaysians.

Deputy Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said there was enough supply but some people were unable to buy the subsidised 15% broken rice because it was also sold to foreigners.

Tajuddin was answering a supplementary question from Datuk Mahfuz Omar (PAS-Pokok Sena) who asked the deputy minister to explain why there was a seemingly shortage of subsidised rice.

Earlier, to a question by Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan (BN-Tanjung Malim), Tajuddin said the ministry was planning to build an agro supermarket in every state by 2020.

He said the ministry was currently in the midst of building three such supermarkets.

“In order to plan for 2020, we will also set up a farmer's market or Peladang Mart," he said.

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