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KUCHING, Oct 25: It is time appropriate to announce the sugar AP (Approved Permit) holders in Sarawak during the current session of the Parliament, political secretary to the Chief Minister Tan Kai reminded Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Deputy Minister Chong Chieng Jen.
Tan emphasised in a press release today that he had requested Chong to disclose the eight Sarawak companies which had obtained the AP to import sugar a few months ago.
“But he (Chong) did not answer or reveal the companies’ names. Only one cake-making company voluntarily came forward to say they have the permit,” he said.
He added that the Deputy Minister’s personal assistant only responded that the names of sugar AP holders can only be made known during the Parliament sitting.
“So now the Parliament session is ongoing, I think it is the right time for the Deputy Minister to reveal the companies to show that the government observe and uphold transparency,” he pointed out.
Tan also said that he is against monopoly and supported the practice of transparency and accountability.
“By revealing the sugar AP holders, the public can also monitor if prices of products involved really did go down. It will benefit the general public so why is it so difficult to disclose (the companies),” he criticised.— DayakDaily