SHAH ALAM - The Government will bar foreigners from patronising Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) if Malaysians are against it.
According to Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Hasan Malek, foreigners are currently allowed to purchase goods at KR1M, which offers essential goods at discounted prices under an initiative to help Malaysians make ends meet.
"We allow them to shop there as an extension of our generosity to those who come here to work," said Hasan at a consumer awareness event with consumer groups and community leaders at Sirim Bhd's premises here yesterday.
Hasan revealed that there are proposals to open a KR1M outlet in each of Selangor's 22 parliamentary constituencies.
"Before opening these outlets, we will normally refer to the local councils and district offices for feedback.
"If it is viable, we can make this happen," said Hasan, who added that the Government had not been able to set up the targeted number of KR1M outlets in Sabah and Sarawak due to various infrastructural obstacles.
On subsidy rationalisation, Hasan maintained that the recent hike in RON95 petrol and diesel prices was a necessity.
"Although it's not a populist move, we had to do it to as an initiative to strengthen the nation's fiscal standing," said Hasan.