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Government to introduce Malaysia Madani white rice, from March 1

PUCHONG, Feb 14 — The government will introduce the Malaysia Madani white rice priced at RM30 for a 10 kg sack on February 19, which is expected to be available in the market starting from March 1.

Chairman of the task force (food cluster) under the National Action Council for Cost of Living (NACCOL) Datuk Syed Abu Hussin Hafiz Syed Abdul Faisal said this means there will no longer be local white rice (SST) and imported white rice (SSI) categories, adding that the Malaysia Madani white rice will be the sole category.

The Bukit Gantang Member of Parliament said between February 19 and March 1 rice industry players can make adjustments and sell rice in old packaging until all wholesalers’ stocks are sold out.

“What we are doing here is to offer a more comfortable price for the people. This adjustment is made by the industry to provide appropriate pricing…and availability in the market for all.

“Besides that, the price for a 5kg sack of Malaysia Madani white rice is set at RM15.50 while a 1kg bag of rice is priced at RM3.50,” he told reporters here today.

Syed Abu Hussin Hafiz said industry players must change the labelling and packaging of rice sacks according to the new regulations by March 1, adding that the government allows them to use the old packaging, but it must be affixed with the Malaysia Madani white rice price sticker as prescribed.

“…rice prices have not increased for 18 years…padi farmers and growers will be more comfortable with the (new) ceiling price…and the industry can also sustain with the RM30 price for a 10kg sack,” he said.

Earlier, he said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim approved the introduction of the Malaysia Madani white rice.

Meanwhile, he said the setting of the ceiling price for the Malaysia Madani white rice serves as a mechanism to stop the local white rice manipulation where some rice manufacturers would mix local white rice with imported white rice and sell them as expensive rice brands to gain extra profit.

“It stems from the absence of price controls for imported white rice supplies, causing the prices to remain high, coupled with the rise in the global rice prices,” he said.

“This has resulted in local white rice labels being changed to imported white rice…making it difficult to find in the market,” he added.

The retail price for the local white rice is RM2.50 per kg as stipulated under the Control of Padi and Rice Act 1994.

— Bernama

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