Sarawak gets RM212 million allocation

Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry

KUCHING: The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (MDTCA) is allocating a total of RM212 million for its programmes and expenditures in the state, said its minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi.

“The allocation for Sarawak is more or less RM212 million which covers RM3.88 million for salary payment of 101 price monitoring officers (PPH) and RM68 million for Cooking Oil Stabilisation Scheme (COSS).

“This is as well as RM121 million for distribution of essential goods, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and Community Drumming in Sarawak,” he said.

Nanta said other expenses included in the allocation are RM3 million for all-purpose flour subsidy, RM16.2 million for price uniformity on goods such as cooking oil, wheat flour and sugar and another RM310,000 for programmes and activities.

He was responding to Batang Lupar MP Datuk Seri Rohani Karim, who enquired about the allocation by the ministry to Sarawak, in his ministerial winding-up speech in Parliament today.

Nanta also welcomed the suggestion by Hulu Rajang MP Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong who proposed that new areas be included in the Community Drumming programme.

“Based on the allocation of RM200 million for the programme which is an increase of RM50 million for 2021, the federal government will be able to expand the programme to 137 new areas including numerous islands in West Malaysia and Sabah.

“All proposed areas including new areas for essential goods distribution programme, LPG and Community Drumming 2021 have been assessed in a transparent matter by a committee under the Ministry.

“This ensures only eligible areas will be included in this programme. With the expansion, I believe many more people will be able to enjoy the benefits from this programme in 2021 compared to 2020,” he said.