Rice price up by RM1.50 per kg in rural Sarawak

MIRI: The price of local rice in some rural villages in Sarawak has shot up by as much as RM1.50 per kg - three times the hike as compared to urban areas.

Although Bernas increased the price of rice by only 50 cents per kg, rice is being sold at RM 1.50 per kg in rural areas like Marudi, about 200km from here.

Rural folk, most of whom are low-income earners lodged complaints with Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) about the unreasonable increase.

SAM’s field officer for Sarawak, Jok Jau Evong, said these have to fork out between RM1 to RM1.50 more for one kg of local rice.

Jok said some traders in remote towns and villages were even selling rice at RM3.50 per kg now, compared to the previous price of RM2 per kg.

Traders who source rice supply from cities and towns claim that they have to pay higher transportation costs to ferry the rice to rural destinations.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam, said the state government would leave it to Bernas to sort out the price issue.

“The most important thing is to ensure enough supply of rice for all,” he said.

Dr Chan, who is State Agriculture Modernisation Minister, said Sarawak had been importing rice to shore up the present stock for the state’s 2.5 million people.

The existing supply can last for the next three months at least, he added.

The Star

walao…nowadays makan nasi pun akan jadi bankrupt :expressionless:

A very good excuse by those greedy traders to gain at the expense of the poor rural community… :evil:
Our DCM just don’t give a damn of it… anyway, its not his problem :twisted:

enough rice to survive, not enough money to buy rice and eat to survive…

WHAT’S THE POINT!!!

Some VIP think we are rich folks. They never felt hard life so never been in our shoes.