Deputy Federal Territories and Urban Well-being Minister M. Saravanan yesterday opened the 19th 1Malaysia (KR1M) shop and said that up to 25 of these shops will be opened by the end of this year.
These shops offer 250 types of essential goods at low prices for the benefit of the poor and low-income people, he said.
“We have to realise that there are many poor people even in Kuala Lumpur. The government has helped them move to more comfortable accommodation but their income is still the same and I believe the 1Malaysia shops help ease their financial burden of buying essential goods,” he said after opening the shop in Taman Pagar Ruyung, Jalan Kuchai Lama.
Meanwhile, Mydin Mohamed Holdings Berhad (Mydin) manager Norman Abdullah said the company was most committed in helping the government expand the network of KR1M nationwide.
He said that 60 KR1M would be opened next year, including in the east cost of the peninsula as well as in Sabah and Sarawak.
“In the near future, KR1M will also be opened in Jaya Gading, Pahang, and between 30 and 50 new products such as sauces and frozen foods would also be sold then.
“KR1M should not be politicised. The products sold at these shops are of quality and many of them are sourced from small and medium entrepreneurs,” he said.