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Aid for rubber tappers, smallholders during hot spell on the agenda in Dewan Rakyat

Questions will also be raised about the food supply in the country, and efforts to encourage Malaysians to take a second booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine.

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A rubber tapper works at a plantation in Lubuk Musang, Kuala Krai. Photo: Bernama
A rubber tapper works at a plantation in Lubuk Musang, Kuala Krai. Photo: Bernama

Immediate assistance for rubber tappers and smallholders to help them deal with the hot weather will be among the matters raised at the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.

According to the order paper on the official Parliament website, the matter will be raised by Azman Nasrudin (PN-Padang Serai) in a question to the plantation and commodities minister during the Ministers’ Question Time.

There will also be a question from Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis (Warisan-Kota Belud) on the measures taken by the government to increase local rice production following Vietnam’s decision to reduce its rice exports.

Nurul Amin Hamid (PN-Padang Terap) will ask about the measures taken and planned by the government to buffer the impact of El Nino on the country’s food supply.

Meanwhile, Cha Kee Chin (PH-Rasah) is scheduled to raise a question on the health ministry’s measures to increase Malaysians’ confidence in taking a second booster dose to prevent the wastage of Covid-19 vaccine.

The white paper on health is also expected to be tabled today, as it was not presented during yesterday’s Dewan Rakyat session.

The white paper, which includes a comprehensive policy for healthcare reforms to be implemented in stages over a period of 15 years, is scheduled to be tabled by Health Minister Dr Zaliha Mustafa after the Food (Amendment) Bill 2023 is tabled for a first reading.

The Dewan Rakyat’s second meeting of the second session of the 15th Parliament concludes today after sitting for 11 days starting May 22.