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Hishammuddin: Malaysia proposes ASEAN nations formulate surplus food plan

KUALA LUMPUR – Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said Malaysia proposed that ASEAN nations formulate a mechanism to provide their surplus food to other neighboring countries around the world that are facing crisis and food shortages due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The initiative not boost the income of ASEAN farmers and breeders but also reignite trade among the nations.

“In normal times, our food surplus will be exported to foreign markets in order to ensure there are no wastages. But during these unprecedented times, markets are closed with no definite time frame as to when the global economy will be back to where it was before COVID-19,” he said during the Special ASEAN-United States (US) Foreign Ministers’ Meeting.

The meeting was also attended by US Secretary of State MikePompeo. The Foreign Minister reported Malaysia’s latest Covid-19 cases in the country and also announced three Economic Stimulus Packages worth a combined US$64.6 billion that can aid Malaysians through these trying times.

“We must come together to ensure we combine our collective strengths to stop this pandemic and mitigate its impact on our society. The urgency for us as nations to save lives is paramount and cooperation is key.” He added.

Hishammuddin Hussein said that until a vaccine is found, the problems will not totally be solved. He urged the public to practice social distancing the right way to help curb the potentially fatal disease.

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