Saturday March 16, 2013
Ministry: Have time will sell
By NIGEL EDGAR
KUCHING: The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry is giving leeway to Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) operators and those selling 1Malaysia products to clear their old stock before enforcing the standardised “1Malaysia, 1Harga” prices.
Although enforcement began on March 1, traders still have time to clear their old stock.
“It is a reasonable request and we are giving them some leeway with no deadline,” said Deputy Minister Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim to reporters after officiating at a newly opened KR1M outlet near Batu Kawa here yesterday.
She said there were over 200 1Malaysia products, including controlled items that would have standardised prices throughout the peninsula, Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan.
She said this year, the ministry was subsidising more than RM60mil in transportation cost for products brought into Sarawak, Sabah and Labuan from the peninsula, and RM144mil for products brought in from urban centres to the rural areas.
“Previously, prices vary between the urban and rural areas, as well as between the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak,” said Rohani.
The ministry is also in the midst of implementing the “one parliamentary seat, one KR1M” in the state.
Its state director Wan Ahmad Uzir Wan Sulaiman said since the programme began early this year, five parliamentary constituencies in the state now had KR1M shops.
“They are in Stampin, Petra Jaya, Kota Samarahan and Mambong, to name a few,” he said, adding that under Budget 2013, the ministry intended to set up KR1M outlets in all 31 parliamentary seats in the state within this year.
“We have recently identified several seats in Sibu and Miri,” he added.