Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the implementation of the FBMP, to be headed by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry, was timely with the focus of the government to lighten the burden in the cost of living of the people especially the B40 (lower income) group.
This will boost their disposable income which can be use for education and health,' he said in his speech for the launching of the national-level FBMP at Kompleks Masyarakat Penyayang here today.
He said that he was told that via FBMP the surplus food would be channelled to the target groups and registered welfare homes.
'I was also told that FBMP will target 186,354 households which are below the poverty line nationwide to receive the surplus food,' he said.
To ensure a more systematic and orderly management of the surplus food and implementation of FBMP, Dr Mahathir said the government had agreed to launch a foundation which would be known as the Food Bank Malaysia Foundation.
He also hoped that with the completion of all mechanisms of operation of its implementation, FBMP could be successfully mobilised to help all needy groups not only in Peninsular Malaysia but also in the interiors of Sabah and Sarawak.