Approved permits abolition ensures continuity of food supplies

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SIBU: The abolition of the approved permits (AP) for food products is in line with the government’s desire to ensure continuity in supplies.

Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said it was also expected to create excess of supplies in the market that would benefit consumers as food products would be easily available compared to the current situation.

“The market involving basic necessities will be more competitive and is projected to trigger a drop in prices based on a certain quantum, depending on the quality and packaging aspects,” he said in a statement today.

However, Nanta said that the positive impact on consumers from the abolishment of the AP would take some time to be seen.

“This is because it depends on how fast the procurement process is done, halal certification, customs inspection, and so on.

“Accordingly, we cannot take a ‘wait and see’ approach after the decision to repeal the AP for it to have a remedial effect on the supply aspect of daily necessities in the market.

“Recognising this fact, inter-ministry efforts will be highlighted where it will cover some basic aspects under the control of the ministry,” he said.

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