Ministry invites applications to open KR1M shops

Source: New Straits Times - 13 January 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Individuals and corporations have been invited to operate Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) shops as the government targets to open at least 85 such retail outlets nationwide by the year-end. The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry, in a statement yesterday, said to date, only 26 KRIM were in operation. "The conditions and application form can be obtained from the ministry's website at www.kpdnkk.gov.my and from the ministry's branch offices," it said.

On the issue of safety of KR1M products, the statement said the ministry had instructed that all the 200 types of foodstuffs sold be sent for laboratory testing. All the products to be sold at these outlets must first obtain the approval of the Health Ministry. The statement said the ministry had formed special monitoring teams, comprising officers from its enforcement section, Health Office, Agriculture Department and Islamic Religious Department, to check on food products sold at the KR1M.

Up till Dec 31 last year, the 26 KR1M nationwide had received wide support from the people and sold more than RM12.4 million worth of products. KR1M sells 250 types of products using the generic brand label 1Malaysia. KR1M also sells Co-op 1Malaysia products from Felda. The 1Malaysia products sold at KR1M are cheaper by up to 50 per cent, compared with those of other brands.