The Malaysian government has allowed an exemption for the transportation of vegetables from Kundasang to other parts of Sabah like Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan and Tawau since the first and second week of the Movement Control Order (MCO).
This was revealed by Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry, Datuk Junz Wong here yesterday following the press release by Jailin Nazrin, the Kampung Lipasu Unit head for the Kinabalu Area Farmers’Association (PPK) recently.
To date, a total of 148 permissions involving 184 vehicles have been registered with special movement stickers.
Thesundaily.my quoted Jailin as saying: “The problem is getting worse, as vegetable wholesalers from outside Kundasang are not allowed in. Vegetables are important for the people, and their production and sales must continue.”
Junz said the agency involved in enforcing the MCO are the Royal Malaysian Police, but the transportation of vegetables from Kundasang to Brunei, Sarawak or even Semananjung was exempted. Junz explained that at the Ranau/Kundasang district level, all agencies involved were working together to ensure farmers and transporters are assisted.
“My ministry, the district office, the police, the Health Ministry, Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) and all involved are working closely with the relevant stakeholders like farmers and transporters to ensure the process is smooth.”