By Emma Victoria
SUPPLIERS have been told not to take advantage of the Movement Control Order (MCO) and increase prices of essential goods due to the upcoming festivals.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan said the state has sufficient food items such as eggs, rice, sugar, flour, chicken and beef, among others.
“So, I urged the suppliers and traders not to increase their prices during Hari Raya and Gawai celebrations. Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry will monitor the situation on the ground closely,” he said at a press conference today.
He said Sarawak produced an average of 1.85 million chicken eggs, 91,000 chickens, 158 metric tonnes of cooking oil and 350 metric tonnes of wheat flour, each day.
“We also have a combined stockpile of rice, which is about 32,352 metric tonnes and an average current stock of 37,200 gas cylinders,” he said.
Hence, the food item supplies can last up to three months.
Meanwhile, he said a total of 380,887 needy households in both urban and rural areas in Sarawak have benefited from the Sarawakku Sayang food aid.
Awang Tengah, who is the state Food Supply Chain Sub-Committee chairman, said the state government had allocated RM16.4 million for 82 state constituencies in Sarawak.
The aid aimed to assist those affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO), regardless of their race, religion and political leaning.
It was a challenging task due to logistic issues, however the distribution for all constituencies have been completed on April 25.
Besides this, the federal government had also allocated RM3.1 million under the Bantuan Khas (special aid) for the B40 group which benefited 40,000 households.