Jumaat, 6 Mei 2011

RM100 mln for rural Sarawak

MIRI: The Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism had allocated RM100 million for rural Sarawak under the price standardisation scheme this year.

The allocations covered RM53 million for the supply of RON95 petrol and diesel with 38 transporters and 637 points-of-sales traders appointed for 284 areas, RM30 million for essential goods with 27 transporters and 995 point-of-sales traders appointed for in 237 areas as well as RM17 million for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) with 50 transporters and 809 point-of-sales traders for 236 areas.

Deputy Minister Datuk Tan Lian Hoe disclosed the figures during a press conference after visiting Mulu yesterday afternoon.

"The Federal government is sincere in helping the people of Sarawak and Sabah with allocations being given accordingly," Tan said.

Among those present were Sarawak Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism director Wan Ahmad Uzir Wan Sulaiman and Miri Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism enforcement chief Zakaria Awang.

According to Tan, the ministry hoped that the people on the ground could give feedback on the project and relate information on any price hike on control items in rural areas in Sarawak and Sabah.

She disclosed that the current price for RON 97 is RM1.90 per-litre, LPG gas costs RM26.60 cent per tank and diesel at RM1.80 per-litre.

"With the subsidies, I hope the burden of the people living in rural areas in Sarawak and Sabah can be minimised," she said.

In Mulu, the ministry has supplied 300 tanks of subsidy LPG gas, Tan added.

"Before this programme, the price of fuel in Mulu is RM4 per gallon."

Meanwhile, three transporters have so far been taken action on and their licences revoked by the ministry for not complying with the regulation.

She explained that these transporters allegedly claimed having delivered goods when they had not.


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