Farmers finding it hard to distribute their greens


Compiled by C. ARUNO, RAHIMY RAHIM and R. ARAVINTHAN

VEGETABLE farmers in Cameron Highlands have claimed that they are facing difficulties in distributing their greens to other areas.

“It’s tough for us to even send our vegetables to another kampung, let alone the entire country,” said Cameron Highland Farmers Association chairman Zhong Nan Feng.

“And since everyone is not encouraged to go out of their house, no one dared to collect them even when we try to give our vegetables out for free,” Sin Chew Daily quoted him as saying.

Referring to the limited transportation during the movement control order (MCO), he said farmers had been unable to get their vegetables to the market, causing an excess supply in the district.

He said that farmers in Cameron Highlands supply around 30% of the needs of Malaysian consumers.

> Huazong has proposed 20 measures in a bid to ease the burden of households during the MCO, Sin Chew Daily reported.

This included a plea that the rates for electricity, water and natural gas be lowered, as well as discounts for quit rent, its president Tan Sri Goh Tian Chuan said in a statement.

It also urged the government to ensure that the underprivileged and the elderly have enough food to last through the MCO.

Goh also said that he was comforted by the fact that 90% of the Malaysian population were abiding by the MCO.



> China-born actress Liu Yifei (pic), who starred in the live-action remake of Disney’s Mulan, has drawn criticism back home for describing herself as an “Asian” instead of being Chinese, China Press reported.

Liu, 32, gave an interview to Variety earlier this month, saying that she was “proud to be an Asian”.

“I’m so proud to be an Asian and just knowing that if we think of something, we’re gonna have the opportunity to be the best version of ourselves,” she said.

The interview was widely shared on social media in China, leading to commentators accusing her of forgetting her Chinese roots.

Many had called for her to be banned from the film industry in China.

“Is it so shameful for you to admit that you are from China or of Chinese descent? Don’t ever think of returning to China to make money,” a netizen wrote.

The movie premiered in Los Angeles on March 9 but its scheduled release, which was originally intended to be on March 27, was delayed due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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