Food import permits under review after abuses

Zulkifli Sulong

Coconuts are among the items which require a permit to import and 29 firms hold an AP for the item. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, July 6, 2018.

THE fate of approved permits (AP) for the import of food items hangs on the outcome of a government review, prompted by allegations of abuse and cronyism.

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Salahuddin Ayub said his ministry is reviewing the matter following claims that many individuals were granted APs on the grounds of political connections and were profiteering from the permits.

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  • Get rid of APs. Market competition will ensure more supply at cheaper prices. The ministry's job is merely to observe and ensure against hoarding during seasonal fluctuations, etc.

    Posted 3 years ago by Justice For All

    • 100percent agree. Agency like FAMA, LKIM should be reviewed...... everyone in the street knows how challenging it is to deal with those agency. They would always paint a difficult picture to make you upset. Then later on offers "solutions" provided that......ehhmmm we all know

      Posted 3 years ago by Nelson Lingek

  • The chairman of NFC Corp must pay back all the government's money he had taken.

    Posted 3 years ago by Alias abdullah