Rice import contract cannot be cancelled unilaterally, Dewan Rakyat told

Published on 15 Mar 2023 11:50:26 PM

The government cannot unilaterally cancel any contract to import rice into the country because it needs to consider the social obligations which Padiberas Nasional Berhad (Bernas) has agreed to implement, the Dewan Rakyat was told on Wednesday (March 15).

Agriculture and Food Security Deputy Minister Chan Foong Hin said when winding up the debate on the Supply Bill 2023 at the committee stage on behalf of the ministry that as the country’s main rice importer, Bernas needed to fulfil 10 social obligations without getting any grants from the government.

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