KUALA LUMPUR: National Association of Smallholders Malaysia (NASH) is hopeful that the new government under the Pakatan Harapan coalition will be able to implement the mandate that have been given by the people.
NASH president Datuk Aliasak Ambia said the new government under the leadership of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would restore the glory of the country, especially the agricultural sector as it once did.
“NASH hope that the government will concentrate on smallholders development as one of the main agenda, as these people are among the most affected with the rising cost of living in Malaysia,” he said in a statement today.
He added that the association will fully support the Pakatan Harapan manifesto to reduce the cost of living, which has also affectted the smallholders.
He said NASH will continue to approach the government through meetings, dialogues and forums with government agencies involved to highlight the idea of smallholder development.
“NASH has proposed a number of initiatives for the development of smallholders that have been adopted by the government, such as the Monsoon Season Aid (BMT) to rubber smallholders, as well as involved in analysing pricing activation of the Rubber Production Incentives (IPG) together with the Malaysian Rubber Board (MRB),” he said.
He said NASH is also actively cooperating with all relevant government agencies with the development of smallholders in the country as well as involved with providing method and ideas for government annual budget, representing smallholders.
“In addition, NASH has been appointed as board members in government agencies related to agriculture and commodity crops, to become the main representative which highlighted the problem of smallholders to the government,” he said.
He also hoped that the Pakatan Harapan government would consider setting the floor price of rubber to RM4.00 per kilogram to reduce rubber price problems and settle high cost of living.
Rubber industry problems can be solved by controlling the commodity prices.