The issue of rice on the market went viral with many complaining they are not getting cheaper rice options while imported rice price hiked. Nevertheless, it took the government a bit of time, logically, to address the issue.
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Here are the four steps taken:
- Local White Rice Distribution (BPT) comprehensively expanded
- The government bears (contains) the price of Imported White Rice (BPI) in Sabah & Sarawak (selling price RM31 per 10kg)
- The Government premises switched from BPT to BPI (RM400 million subsidy), enabling more BPT supply for the people. BPT is local white rice or beras putih tempatan.
- Launch BPT Op to monitor BPT supply chain across the country