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Food trucks: Sabah to get it right
Published on: Friday, April 21, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: The State Government wants to get it right when it comes to ensuring the food truck business flourishes in all districts across Sabah.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor said a systematic implementation remains key to ensuring food truck operators yield better returns.

"Food truck is good business as this would allow more people, especially the youth, to reap good profits.

"The Government is serious in wanting to assist them to earn better," he said.

Hajiji said this after launching a one-day Food Truck Business Seminar, here, Thursday.

Also present was Malaysian Co-operative Societies Commission State Director Umar Sarim Saidi.

The Government approved the establishment of the Food Truck Entrepreneur Co-operative recently to assist operators, including in sourcing for financial capital, licensing and location, he said.

According to him, the ministry plans to seek district local authorities' recommendation for venues in their respective areas to allow food truck operators to converge and set up shop, as well as facilitation on licensing.

To date, only Penampang District Officer Luvita Koisun has proposed the General Market car park space in Donggongon as the site for food truck business.

Meanwhile, Umar said food truck business was viewed as a potential alternative source of socio-economic development in 2015.

Citing the emergence of food truck popularity in the United States in the 1950s, he noted it began to take shape in the country in 2014 and efforts to get it going in Sabah started last year.

Around 400 people took part in the seminar where officers from the Road Transport Department were also present to talk on machineries involving the food truck business. - Jason Santos

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