KPDNHEP to boost Covid-hit catering industry

Catering services industry’s contribution to national GDP increased from RM3.6b in 2010 to RM5.8b in 2015

by HARIZAH KAMEL /Pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

THE Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) will be submitting suggestions to the National Security Council and the Health Ministry (MoH) for steps to ensure the continuity of catering business activities.

Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi (picture) said he held a virtual engagement and dialogue session with a total of 33 representatives in the catering industry, as well as wedding consultants on Monday.

“Several issues were raised including the refund of deposit payments, proposed improvement of guidelines involving catering, the need for funding assistance, as well as training and the level of professionalism in the industry.

“These issues will be given attention and action in more detail with industry players, including other relevant ministries or government departments,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Among the association representatives and industry players who participated in the dialogue were Koperasi Kerjasama Katerer Bhd, D’Tandoor Food Industries Sdn Bhd, Biz Milla Catering (M) Sdn Bhd, Syikin Kadir Wedding Planner, Malaysian Wedding Council Entrepreneurs Association, Malaysian Indian Event Association and Wedding Association Industry Malaysia.

KPDNHEP noted the importance and impact of the catering services industry on the national economy where its contribution to GDP increased from RM3.6 billion in 2010 to RM5.8 billion in 2015.

Nanta Linggi said KPDNHEP also took note of complaints from other industries directly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.