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2008 Nov 11 - Scrap Bernas monopoly on supply of rice


Kota Kinabalu (Nov 11, 2008): In response to recent press release from Sabah Commercial Rice Miller Association (Padikom) President, Jaujip Pangalin, we applaud the association for voicing out the problems faced by the association and its members.The comprehensive reasons as well as figures detailed in the press statement shows the extent of unfair treatment meted out to local padi farmers and millers.

Why is the government subsidy given to millers in Sabah lower than in Semenanjung, reported to be at RM800 per metric tone? It is alarming to note that BERNAS action in selling imported rice cheaper than local rice will also cause padi farmers to stop planting padi and the inevitable closure of rice millers.

Have we not learned from the recent world food crisis debacle? What is worrying is when the effects of the global economic downturn reaches the shores of Sabah, our staple diet, rice will be imported like other commodities. One can only guess how much subsidy can the government give then? How long can we rely on rice exporting countries to supply to us and at what price? The price will then sky rocket to the whims and fancies of the exporting countries.

The Chief Minister’s announcement back in May that a “further 26,500 hectares of land was needed for padi cultivation in order to achieve self sufficiency”. Has the land been identified? What exactly has been done by the relevant ministry to safeguard Sabah from another episode of rice shortage?

As such, SAPP Youth urges the government to re-establish the defunct Sabah Padi and Rice Board. This Board will look specifically into managing the padi planting and rice production within the State. The affairs of the padi farmers, millers and all in the industry can also be under the Board’s purview. The Board shall also seek a licence from the Federal Government to import/export rice. This licence will enable the Board to import rice if the current padi cultivation programme is not ready to cater for the State’s needs. Similarly, any excess can be sold to other countries.

It is also hoped that with the setting up of the proposed local agency, Sabah Padi & Beras Board, may be then can we see yields of up to 15 tonnes of padi per hectare as in Sekinchan, Selangor, as compared to only 3 metric tone currently found in Sabah. This five fold increase is achievable with enough resources and R & D.

Edward Dagul
Youth Chief

SAPP Policies

SAPP's 17 point Manifesto - Sabah deserves better in terms of more equitable distribution of opportunities, in social, economic and infrastructural development and a better quality of life. [BM][Chinese]

SAPP's Economic Plan for Sabah - SAPP aims to achieve economic prosperity and financial self-reliance for Sabah. Version in [BM] [Chinese]

SAPP's Land Reform Policy - To promote and protect the rights and interests of local natives and other citizens in Sabah [BM][Chinese]

On Oil Royalty - SAPP is not giving up its struggle for more oil royalty payment for Sabah.

SAPP's Eight (8) Points Declaration - Whereas our mission is to establish a trustworthy govt and a progressive ...

SAPP's 14 point memo in 2006 - Time for Direct Preventive Actions

SAPP Constitution (booklet)

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RCI Report on Immigrants in Sabah
The Birth of Malaysia
Malaysia Agreement Article 1-11
The Original Agreement of Malaysia
Heroes of Kinabalu 神山美烈誌
Schedule 9 of the Federal Constitution

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Twenty points safeguard
20 Perkara
Illegals & IC issues
Bernas Monopoly
No to coal-fired plant
Sabah Gas pipeline
3 million acres oil blocks ceded
The Formation of Msia & Devt in Sabah
Proclamation of Msia 1963...details
Restore Sabah's right to appoint JCs,
Ex-minister: Review 20-point
Supply Sarawak power to Sabah...
Sedition Act 1948
Continental Shelf Act 83 (1966)
Petroleum Development Act 144 (1974)
Petroleum Oil Agreement (1976)


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SAPP's objection of coal-fired plants in Sabah
SAPP: Explain the RM 601 loan to KL company
The missing billion ringgit "special grant"
SAPP on SEDIA Bill 2009
SAPP supports the call for the abolishment of Cabotage Policy
Probe illegals having Mykad also
Political Autonomy for Sabah
Sabah Schools still awaiting share of RM30 million
Special fund: Eric wants ACA probe
Oil royalty: SAPP not giving up
Scrap Bernas monopoly on rice
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