Agriculture and Food Security Ministry addresses Cameron Highlands farmer’s diesel subsidy concerns

PETALING JAYA – The Agriculture and Food Security Ministry is meeting with Cameron Highlands Farmers who are concerned about the rationalisation of diesel subsidies.

Datuk Armizan Mohd Al said that the government had taken note of farmers’ concerns and brought it to the Agriculture and Food Security Ministry. The ministry will then take further action and make recommendations.

It is important that we are open to all appeals including those from them. They are under the Agriculture and Food Security Ministry.

He told reporters that he hoped a meeting would be held immediately to collect additional information and better understand the need for assistance.

Cheng Nan Hong, the deputy president of the Cameron Highlands Chinese Farmers Association, revealed earlier that the group had met with authorities in April to discuss the diesel subsidy.

He said, “They told us small farmers who are not registered at the Companies Commission of Malaysia won’t receive any subsidy.”

Cheng said that between 20% and 30% of the over 2,500 farmers living in Cameron Highlands were small-scale farmers who did not have registered companies.

He said that if a farm earns less than RM300,000.000, which is one of the criteria to receive a fuel subsidy but doesn’t have a company registered, they won’t get the subsidy.

He told a news website that “they are independent farmers who have small plots of ground and grow their own crops in order to earn a livelihood.”

Cheng says that their association has 400 members.

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