Investigate food that has been discarded at a dumping area

Discarded packets of rice. (Pic: FMT)

Consumers Association of Penang urges the relevant authorities to investigate the recent actions of former Deputy Home Minister Ismail Mohamed Said who discarded rice and other food items near Rumpun Makmur-Kampung Gunung Senyum, Pahang.

Discarded flour and beehoon packets. (Viral photo)

Investigating such instances is not only about rectifying past wrongs but also about preventing future abuses and restoring public trust in institutions. It is important for citizens to voice their concerns and demand action to uphold the integrity of public finances.

As we are all aware, the global campaign against food waste is in full swing. It is indeed disheartening to hear about wastage, especially when it involves resources that could have been used to help others. Proper management of public funds, including food purchased for official purposes, is crucial for accountability and responsible governance. Wastage not only reflects poorly on the individuals involved but also raises questions about efficiency and ethical considerations. Efforts should be made to ensure that resources are utilised effectively and responsibly, with a focus on minimising waste and maximising their impact for the public good.

Discarded canned foods. (Pic: NST)

Despite his claim that the food was purchased with personal funds prior to the 15th General Election in 2022 and remained undistributed due to election regulations, this justification falls short in the face of the critical issue of food waste. However, it’s important to note that these funds are still public, raising concerns about their appropriate use and accountability.



Mohideen Abdul Kader
Consumers Association of Penang (CAP)

Press Statement, 23 April 2024