KUALA LUMPUR, May 23 (Bernama) – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today announced the revocation of the wheat import permit (AP).
He said the matter was agreed by the Cabinet Members at the Cabinet Meeting today which began a day ago to discuss the issue of rising cost of living and food supply.
“All ministries are also asked to list APs for other items that can be abolished to safeguard the interests of Malaysian Family consumers,” he said in a statement today after chairing the Cabinet meeting.
Earlier, Ismail Sabri also announced the abolition of the food item AP in a measure to ensure the country’s food supply is adequate.
The issue of food security became a serious concern starting after Indonesia reportedly banned oil palm exports, followed by India’s move to implement a ban on wheat exports.
Most recently, chicken became a national issue after it was reported that its supply was declining in the country.
The Prime Minister today also announced the abolition of the chicken AP, including round chicken and chicken cuttings, aimed at increasing the opportunities for importers to provide more sources of supply as one of the short -term measures to address the issue of chicken supply at present.