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Waste not want not
BY: RAJA AMY
Caring and concerned groups of individuals have been going around Ramadan bazaars to collect unsold food and drinks to be redistributed to poor and needy people in PPR housing and those in the B40 group.
This collection of unsold food and drinks is not just confined to the Klang Valley region but also throughout the rest of the country including the east Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak in the spirit of ‘waste not want not’.
By not wasting food there should therefore be no want. But in the midst of this commendable action some unscrupulous people are collecting food and actually selling them off below the market price to make some money.
But since food security in Malaysia is threatening to loom as a major issue in the coming years, it is important that food should not go to waste but be stored in food banks and redistributed to the poor and needy.
While Malaysians are not exactly suffering from famine, there are pockets of individuals and families in the country that are finding it hard to afford food because the prices of food have become very expensive for them.
This is why to ensure food security in the future, the government must undertake the arduous task of ‘waste not want not’ by following the example of those who go about collecting unsold food to be channelled to the poor and needy.
-THE MALAYSIA VOICE
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