PUTRAJAYA: The Jihad Against Inflation Special Committee will be announcing the online shopping using e-commerce platform in September 2022 to enable Malaysians to purchase not only groceries and essential commodities but also tourism services at discounted rates.
Chairman of the Committee, Tan Sri Annuar Musa said, local e-commerce platform providers are now in the process of registration. Currently Lazada and Shopee are the two big companies based overseas that have received major domestic e-commerce activities.
“We do not want only these two big companies to control the local e-commerce platforms but we want the local providers to have bigger shares in this segment,” Annuar said in a press conference after the Committee had its 13th meeting today.
Annuar said, the online shopping will also be providing the “halal” food and other agricultural products at discounted rates similar to the concept “Jualan Murah Keluarga Malaysia” (JMKM) that have been implemented nationwide.
Elaborating on this Annuar said, at present only 127 locations have implemented the JMKM and this is still far from 639 locations as targeted earlier. However the cooperative networks have started the JMKM for a week now.
“To speed up the implementation of JMKM nationwide, five ministries including Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry (MAFI), Ministry of Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development, Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs,
Ministry of Federal Territories and Ministry of Rural Development have been requested to immediately increase the number of locations to enable more people could buy essential goods at discounted rates.
“The ministries are required to cooperate with local mini and super markets and cooperatives to participate in JMKM. Efforts should be made so that more shops could sell goods at cheaper prices,” Annuar reiterated.
Meanwhile on the price of chicken that have been fixed at the maximum price of RM9.40 per kilogramme with government subsidy that will end on 31st August 2022, Annuar said, tomorrow (Friday) the Cabinet Ministers’ meeting will decide on this matter after the presentation made by the Committee.
Annuar said, currently the government is subsidising RM1.20 for every kilogramme of chicken and until today RM888 million have been paid to the chicken breeders.
Regarding the export of chickens Annuar said, currently only five per cent is exported to Singapore being the highest importer of chicken from Malaysia. This was the early export quota based on the estates accredited by Singapore with the local chicken breeders.
“The policy of controlling chicken price will continue. The sufficient supply for domestic needs that is 69 million chickens per month will be the priority. Subsequently the welfare of chicken breeders will also be considered to balance the sustainability of the industry and the supply for domestic market,” Annuar said. –Malaysia World News