‘One Sarawak One Price’ by year-end
BINTULU: Rural folk in Sarawak, particularly those in the longhouses, are expected to enjoy ‘One Sarawak One Price’ before the end of the year.
The Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Ministry is hoping to standardise the prices of at least 100 essential items.
Its minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri said yesterday the programme was to level the prices of essential items in the rural areas with the urban areas.
Ismail was speaking to reporters after launching the price standardisation programme at Rumah Jembat Dalang, Sungai Selezu in Pandan, about two hours’ by boat from here.
According to him, the government has set aside about RM56.4 million to absorb the cost of transporting the essential items to the rural and remotes areas.
He said among the goods listed were Beras Nasional SST 15 per cent (broken grain) rice, cooking oil, sugar, flour, petrol, kerosene and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
The minister said the ministry was also in the process of identifying a suitable mechanism to ensure that the people staying in the least accessible places in the state such as Bario, Ba Kelalan and several remote settlements in Limbnag Divison would benefit from the programme.
He said the people in Rumah Jembat Dalang would be the first community in the remote areas here to enjoy the standardised prices of goods, LPG, petrol and diesel.
In total, he said 60,000 rural folk in this division would benefit from the programme.
“The launching of today’s programme by the government is to ensure that the rural people will be able to enjoy subsidised prices set by the government for the items,” he said.
Kemena assemblyman Dr Stephen Rundi, deputy secretary general of the Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Ministry Mahani Tan Abdullah and the director of the Sarawak branch of the ministry Ahmad Nasir Koshri were among those present.