Sabahans encouraged to take up food truck business

BRANDON JOHN


KOTA KINABALU: The state government wants to see more locals in Sabah picking up the food truck trend, which saw strong emergence since last year.


Seen as a viable business platform, State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor said the state government decided to form the Food Truck Entrepreneur Cooperative to assist prospective business owners.


"Malaysia Co-operative Societies Commission (SKM) through this cooperation aims to address issues such as financial capital, licensing, location and so on.


"The opportunity is there along with all the facilities including funding and infrastructure, one only need the initiative to start,” he said during a seminar here.


SKM director Umar Sarim Saidin said the Malaysian government started seeing food truck business’ potential as an alternative source of socio-economic development in 2015.


"Food trucks grew popular in the U.S. in the 1950s, but have only started roots here in Malaysia in 2014 and last year, we start to encouraging food truck business here in Sabah," he added, but did not provide figures.


The cooperation was also aimed at addressing the issue of limited locations for food trucks to operate in the state.


"We are looking to discuss with Kota Kinabalu City Hall regarding strategic locations - they must have the right facilities, are focus areas for buyers and fullfill City Hall’s rules," he said.


On another note, Hajiji said 1,374 cooperatives have been registered in Sabah as of last year with 335,000 membership.