When news of Malaysia’s chicken export ban first broke on Monday (23 May), some Singaporeans immediately chionged to stockpile fresh chicken in their fridges.
Unfortunately, it looks like Malaysia’s list of restricted chicken-related exports to Singapore is set to grow.
In a statement released by Malaysia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries, not only are fresh and chilled chicken exports banned, but chicken product exports such as sausages and nuggets are also on the list.
Any persons caught violating the ban may face up to six years’ jail, a S$31,256 fine (RM100,000) or both.
Malaysia’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) first made a notice of the ban in a tweet on 1 Jun, via the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (Maqis).
The country will be enforcing a ban through Maqis to ensure that there are no chicken exports, The Star reported.
According to Free Malaysia Today (FMT), these export restrictions include:
The Star also reported that the ministry has cancelled and blocked all permit approvals to export chicken and chicken products from Wednesday (1 Jun).
These permits will no longer be issued, the ministry shared in a statement.
As such, anyone found guilty of violating the ban will face a fine of up to S$31,256 (RM100,000), six years in jail, or both, under Section 11(2) and 1(3) of the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act 2011 (Act 728).
Repeat offenders may face a fine of up to S$46,884 (RM
Should anyone have queries on the chicken export ban, they can submit those via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For many chicken lovers, this announcement may surely be hard to accept.
However, the decision lies in the hands of the authorities and we should try our best to make do with the temporary changes.
Hopefully, this ban doesn’t last too long so that our supply of chicken-related products can return soon.
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