KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Haji Noor commended corporate bodies that has stepped up to provide assistance to the people during the Covid-19 pandemic in the state.
Commending Kim Teck Cheong Consolidated Berhad (KTC) for its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative to contribute RM1 million worth of breads to the people in Sabah, he hoped more would come forward and emulate their efforts.
The Chief Minister said this after the visiting KTC bakery in KKIP near here Tuesday.
So far, KTC, which produced Gardenia and Creamos bakery products had already distributed RM680,000 worth of buns and breads throughout the state.
The efforts are still on going to meet the RM1 million target, said KTC Executive Director Dexter Lau.
At the same time, he assured that the price of its Gardenia bakery products in Sabah will remain in contrast with those in West Malaysia, which has experienced a four per cent price hike.
KTC is the sole operator of Gardenia Bakeries (East Malaysia) Sdn Bhd that manages Gardenia bakery brand in Sabah, Sarawak and Indonesia effective Jan 22 last year.
KTC, which controlled half of the bakery market also announced a 30 per cent price reduction for itas Creamos bakery products with immediate effect across Sabah.
As a result, a loaf of Creamos bread 600gm will now cost RM3.50 compared to RM4.50 previously in Sabah.
“It is KTC way to repay back to the communities through this initiative and at the same time play a small role to ease burden of state government to help rakyat,” said Dexter.
A prominent player in Sabah, Sarawak, Brunei and Indonesia in consumer trading, logistics, retail, shipping and manufacturing industry, KTC has seen a 300 per cent revenue growth and 60 per cent job creation rate.
Also on hand during the visit was Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Dr Joachim Gunsalam.