October 10, 2023
KOTA KINABALU – The Agriculture and Food Security Ministry has urged people to stop sharing a video alleging that “plastic rice” was sold at a supermarket in Sandakan.
In giving his assurance that a full probe was under way, its Deputy Minister Chan Foong Hin said the authorities will not tolerate attempts to create public anger over national food security.
“I would like to emphasise that the ministry will not compromise with any party that tries to (stoke anger) with baseless allegations.
“Strict action will be taken against irresponsible parties,” he said in a statement on Facebook on Monday (Oct 9).
A viral social media video showed a customer alleging that “plastic” rice was being sold at a supermarket in the Sim-Sim area of Sandakan.
“Rice samples have been taken from the premises of retailers and suppliers to be sent to the Chemistry Department for analysis.
“I was also informed that retailers and suppliers of the rice brand (implicated in the video) have made official complaints about the negative comments and consumer concerns (that arose following) the spread of the video,” he added.
Chan said each consignment of imported rice entering a Malaysian port requires a safety certificate submitted by the exporting country.
Padiberas Nasional Berhad (Bernas) would also carry out an inspection before the rice is distributed, he added.
“If there is any problem related to rice, the public should make an official complaint to the ministry instead of spreading false or unfounded information as claimed on social media,” he said.