KOTA KINABALU – Requests by rural traders to open Borneo Mart stores is very encouraging, said Sabah Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Jainab Ahmad Ayid.
She said that more than 200 rural traders had expressed interest in opening Borneo Mart stores but only four applications have been approved due to several factors including the problem in supplying sufficient controlled items.
“Controlled items like sugar, flour, cooking oil and rice are insufficient to be supplied (to the applicants who want to open Borneo Mart stores) so we are focusing on existing Borneo Mart stores,” she said.
Jainab said this to reporters after launching the ‘Forum Bicara Sara Hidup’ here Thursday.
Borneo Mart store programme is an extension of the Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) project, which aims to standardise prices between urban and rural areas.
According to Jainab, the ministry was studying appropriate approaches to address the shortage of quota of controlled items so that the request to open Borneo Mart in remote areas could be met.
Jainab said in some locations in Sabah, the KR1M approach was not very suitable because of the high capital needed in setting it compared to Borneo Mart which required a lower capital.