Ronald Kiandee, the Malaysian Minister of Agriculture and Food Industries, said earlier today that the ban on chicken exports is set to be ended at the end of this month (August).
He was responding to the opposition MP for Kluang, Wong Shu Qi, in parliament.
Wong described the ban on chicken exports as a “wrong move”, resulting in Singapore importing chicken from other countries and diversifying our food sources.
Wong said that “we have lost a market, so no matter whether we reopen or allow exports again, we have lost a customer.”
Kiandee then added that the ban was “temporary” and that other countries also imposed similar measures when they had shortages in their food supply.
With the supply of chicken at an all-time low in Malaysia, the country took a bold move and halted the export of chicken.
The Malaysian government hopes that the ban will ease the prices of chicken in the country.
Initially, many consumers and food vendors assumed that it will only apply to live poultry but the list actually extends to products that are made of Chicken.