21st April, 2017
Hajiji and Umar touring some of the food trucks that were on display at the seminar in Kota Kinabalu yesterday.
By VESTA VANESSA JSOL
KOTA KINABALU: Food trucks could serve as a nucleus of growth for the food and beverage sector in the future, if done correctly.
In encouraging the growth of food trucks to address shifting trends under the current economic climate, State Local Government and Housing Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Hajiji Haji Noor said the concept should provide both business opportunities for the locals as well as quality and affordable food for the masses.
As an effort to develop the food truck industry, Hajiji said that the ministry encourages the expansion of food trucks in the state as it is also a means to promote a new approach in the food and beverage industry, while being a refreshing platform for new ideas.
“This is a good opportunity for entrepreneurs to sustain themselves with additional income and this is especially true for the younger generation,” said Hajiji at the Sabah Cooperation (Koperasi) Food Truck Business Seminar here, yesterday.
Hajiji also believed that the establishment of cooperatives for food truck business can make it more vibrant.
“The involvement of groups in the food truck business will further enhance the cooperative sector as an effective contributor in the development and growth of the national economy,” said the minister.
The seminar was organised by the Malaysian Cooperative Commission (SKM) in collaboration with Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK), Road Transport Department (JPJ), Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) and TERAJU, bumiputeras entrepreneurial empowerment agency.
Hajiji said cooperatives are growing well in Malaysia with more than 335,000 members in 1,374 cooperatives up to the end of last year.
He also said a cooperative of food truck operators must consult with the local authorities to get permission to park their vehicles in selected areas.
Earlier, the Director of Sabah SKM, Umar Sarim Saidin said that the food truck business grew in popularity in Sabah last year, and SKM organised yesterday’s seminar to encourage wider participation, especially among young people.
About 400 participants, many of them food truck operators, took part in the half-day seminar.