Monday, November 28, 2011

When Nasi Lemak Menu Is Appraised By The Authority

Director: ‘Menu Rakyat’ for universities to lessen students’ expenditure

Posted on November 29, 2011, Tuesday
SIBU: ‘Menu Rakyat 1Malaysia’ will make its way to institutions of higher learning soon to help lessen the burden of undergraduates hard pressed by the higher cost of living.
AFFORDABLE MEALS: The RM2 breakfast can be a combination of nasi lemak + tea while RM5 lunch comprises chicken rice and ice lemon tea.

Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (MDTCC) state director Wan Ahmad Uzir Wan Sulaiman said yesterday that they would be meeting up with these institutions to expedite the matter.

“Yes, there are plans to introduce the menu to institutions of higher learning such as universities. In so doing, undergraduates will be able to save on food expenses,” he told The Borneo Post when asked when the menu would be made available in higher learning institutions.

He said undergraduates would be able to dine on RM2 breakfast and RM5 lunch.

“The campaign will go a long way in helping to reduce the burden of the people, particularly those in the lower income bracket.”

Asked if they would also make available the menu at school canteens, he replied in the negative.

“This is because school canteens are under the purview of the Ministry of Education (MOE) and are subsidised. The price of food is even lower than the ‘Menu Rakyat 1Malaysia’,” he said.
On the number of participating outlets in the state, he said the number had grown to 71.

“Sibu comes out top with the most number of participants. Overall, we have received a very positive response for the campaign and more have expressed their intention to join,” he enthused.

He explained that participating outlets were not allowed to sell their breakfast or lunch above the stated prices.
Wan Uzir added that more information about the participating outlets could be found in their website.

He encouraged more outlets to join the programme as part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR).
The process, according to him, is easy and approval can be done speedily.
“A certificate will be given to participating outlets. And fish tail banners will be provided to help promote their menu,” assured Wan Uzir.
Earlier, Sibu branch chief Balraj Singh disclosed that there were 18 participating outlets in the central region.

“The response for the campaign has been very positive, and Sibu indeed stands tall for having among the highest number of participating outlets in the state.

“Those keen to participate, just need to drop by our office and inform us about their menu. We will send our officers to check their premises to ensure that they adhere to a good standard of hygiene and cleanliness,” he explained.

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