JOHOR BAHRU: Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has proposed that the Johor government set up a special committee to study possible solutions for the high cost of living.
The PPBM president said the committee should comprise experts in fields such as economy, commerce, agriculture and food supply.
“The cost of living is an issue that is not only at the state level, but also at the national level. For the state of Johor, I propose a high-level committee with experts in various fields working towards resolving the issue.
“The people’s expectations of us (Pakatan Harapan) are high. Hence, this should be the main agenda of the government and should be resolved as soon as possible,” he said at a breaking of fast event at the Johor menteri besar’s residence here last night.
He said the people, whether in urban or rural areas, did not have enough income to cope with the high cost of living.
Muhyiddin, who is also Johor PH chairman, said the committee would serve to monitor and solve the problems of the people, as well as issues that could be resolved within a short period of time.
He also addressed the need for enough skilled manpower for sufficient food production in the state, not only for locals but for export as well.
“In Johor, there is still plenty of government and privately owned land with potential for development. We also have a lot of shallow waters, rivers, and mining areas that can be used as breeding grounds for sea and river produce.
“I expect that such initiatives will be taken. Thus, the burden of the cost of living can be reduced mainly involving the daily necessities such as vegetables, fish, poultry, beef, other meat supplies, and for non-Muslims, pigs,” he said.
He added that efforts to boost food production in Johor were part of the PH government’s manifesto.