Malaysia’s chicken export ban ends on August 31: Minister

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Ronald Kiandee said the country’s export ban on chickens will end on August 31.

“This intervention is temporary and will currently end on August 31,” said Dr. Kiandee Thursday (August 4) in parliament.

He answered the follow-up question from Kluang MP Wong Shu Qi during ministerial question time.

Ms Wong called the decision to ban the export a wrong move and said the ban had led Singapore to diversify its food sources and buy chickens from other neighboring countries.

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“We have lost a market. So whether we reopen or allow exports again, we’ve lost a customer,” Ms Wong said.

In response, Dr. Kiandee said the ban was temporary and similar protectionist measures had been taken by other countries facing food shortages.

“Once conditions are stable across the country — not just an oversupply in a few locations, but across the country — the government will of course decide to allow exports,” he said.

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