PM chairs National Council on Cost of Living special meeting to address livelihood issues

Ismail Sabri (Center) flanked by KPDNHEP Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi (left) and others during the NACCOL meeting held recently.

KUCHING, Dec 9: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri today chaired the National Council on Cost of Living (NACCOL) to discuss the government’s approach across ministries to coordinate new initiatives to address livelihood issues.

According to the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) in a statement today, the meeting was held to discuss how it would tackle livelihood issues which require the involvement from various agencies.

A total of eight presentation papers from various agencies covering macro economic perspectives, logistics sector, housing industry, consumer enforcement and advocacy as well as labor-related issues.

The Extension of Cooking Oil Price Control Mechanism Program until March 2022 at a cost of RM150 were among the five key decisions made by NACCOL.

“The implementation of the Food Safety Assurance Programme” (PJKM) of RM100 million also will be implemented in 222 Parliamentary constituencies until March 2022.

This include the monitoring and reporting directly to council for the 31 initiatives with an allocation of RM14.32 billion that has been approved under Budget 2022 to ensure that all government agencies will implement the initiatives immediately as this large allocation needs to be felt by the people.

NACCOL also decided to discuss the the issue involving the shortage of foreign labor in food production-related sectors in the Cabinet Meeting on Dec 10.

Apart from that, the council also decided to hold a NACCOL Technical Meeting, which will be chaired by KPDNHEP secretary general immediately in order to follow up, refine and coordinate other recommendations that have been presented in the NACOOL Special Meeting.

This Special Meeting is a continuation of the three Executive Level Meetings that have been held throughout this year, which took place on Feb 23, July 15 and Oct 15. — DayakDaily