SHAH ALAM: Young people should be encouraged to take up agriculture and farming, says economic adviser to the government Tun Daim Zainuddin (pic).
He said this would help reduce imports as well as create employment and increase income.
He said this to reporters at the sidelines of the launch of MyKampungku Japan, an initiative to showcase and promote Malaysian products, especially halal food and agriculture products by young local entrepreneurs, in conjunction with the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Daim added young graduates could be led towards taking up agriculture as their source of income.
"We ask them to go to agriculture and produce (goods) and locals can get fresh produce at lower prices.
"It will lessen imports and that is what we want to do, '' said Daim.
On India potentially reducing imports of Malaysian palm oil, Daim said all was not lost yet.
"The latest figures show that China has increased its imports.
"All countries need edible oil, whether they buy it from here or Indonesia, it does not matter, '' he said.
"Assuming India does not buy from us and buys from Indonesia, there's a market there but there will be gaps to fill (which cannot be met by Indonesia) and we can replace the gaps, '' he said.
When about his stand on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission's disclosure of audio recordings involving former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Daim said; "I stand for justice and truth. That's all."
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