KUALA LUMPUR: Yes, get to work.
Malaysians at large agreed that the government should buckle down and get on with administering the country, especially in light of pressing concerns, including rising food prices.
The only people who seem not to agree with yesterday's New Straits Times front page editorial were some veteran politicians who continued to demand for a timeline for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to hand over the reins to his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
But the most powerful voice of all belonged to ordinary Malaysians. They were united in what they wanted -- a functioning government, minus the politics.
Posting their heartfelt feelings on www.nst.com.my, ordinary Malaysians, including those working overseas, said they were tired of the bickering and finger-pointing weeks after the March 8 polls. Full Story
Initiatives to ease burden of consumers PETALING JAYA: The government will soon unveil initiatives to reduce the burden of consumers, even as global food prices rise.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the Cabinet Committee on Inflation chaired by the prime minister would draw up plans to address the issue."We will also inform the people well so that they understand that the root cause of this problem is not governmental failure, but a worldwide phenomenon."It is because of world inflation and the issue of (food) supply," he added. Full Story
Pre-empting a food crisis: Measures soon to fight food crisis
PUTRAJAYA (April 16, 2008): The cabinet is expected to decide on the concept and implementation of the Food Security Policy at its meeting next Wednesday (April 23), in a move to ensure the people get enough food supply and at reasonable prices, with subsidy where necessary.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad said the cabinet committee to curb inflation will discuss the proposed policy thoroughly this week and come up with a few decisions which will be brought to the cabinet on Wednesday. Full Story
Government Formulates Strategy To Ensure Sufficient Food Supply, Says Mustapa.
KOTA BAHARU, April 17 (Bernama) -- The government, prompted by the price increase of rice in the international market, is formulating a special strategy to ensure sufficient food supply in the country.Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said the move to have the Food Security Strategy plan was not only to ensure sufficient rice supply, but also other food.He said the strategies to be contained in the plan would include on enhancing agriculture infrastructure, increasing crop yield, providing and improving the irrigation system and to develop idle land for padi farming as well as for other crops."The plan encompasses strategies to address the shortage of rice supply as well as other food supplies, like oil, fish and animal feed," he told reporters after a briefing on the rice issue here today.He said the plan, which would take another week or two to be finalised, would be tabled to the Cabinet when completed.-- BERNAMA