Self-sufficiency Malaysia’s key challenge in post-pandemic era

Sheridan Mahavera

Fears that supermarkets will run out of food spur panic-buying in the early phases of the movement-control order. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, May 13, 2020.

REDUCED reliance on imports for food, labour and medical supplies is what Malaysia has to focus on achieving as it hunkers down for a long battle for survival in a world where Covid-19 is an ever-present threat, said experts.

They told The Malaysian Insight that self-sufficiency for the three commodities is the challenge the country faces in adapting to the “new normal” over the next 12 to 36 months before a vaccine is available.

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