Malaysian chicken export curbs ruffle feathers

Malaysian chicken export curbs ruffle feathers

Malaysia's move to cut exports of chickens to control soaring prices and combat domestic shortages ruffled feathers Tuesday, with neighbouring Singapore warning of supply disruptions.

The Southeast Asian nation is the latest country to curb food exports as prices surge, after India banned wheat shipments and Indonesia temporarily halted palm oil exports.

Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced late Monday that the export of up to 3.6 million chickens a month would be halted from June 1 "until prices and supply stabilise".

"The government cares about and takes seriously the issue of rising prices and the current (low) supply of chickens that is hurting" Malaysians, he said in a statement.

The move followed mounting complaints in Malaysia but it triggered concerns in Singapore, a small city-state that relies in large part on its neighbour for food supplies.

Around a third of Singapore's chicken imports came from Malaysia in 2021, according to the city-state's food agency.

The agency warned of "temporary disruptions to the supply of chilled chicken", but added they were working with importers to minimise the impact.

"We also advise consumers to buy only what they need," it said in a statement.

Some stalls selling chicken at fresh produce markets in Singapore warned they might have to close temporarily as a result of the ban, news outlet CNA reported.

Malaysia also exports chickens to markets including Thailand, Japan and Hong Kong.

As well as curbing exports, Ismail Sabri said that Malaysia will seek to boost its chicken stocks, abolished some import permits, and vowed that price-fixing allegations would be investigated.

The country's headline inflation rose to 2.2% in March, with food prices up 4%.

Concerns are growing worldwide about food insecurity due to climate change and Russia's invasion of Ukraine, with the World Bank warning this month that price increases were having "devastating effects".

Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT

Singapore executes two drug traffickers amid human rights criticism

Singapore executed two men for drug trafficking on Thursday, attracting a fresh wave of criticism from human rights activists.

22:02

HSBC executive in climate row quits, attacks corporate ‘cancel culture’

The HSBC Holdings Plc executive at the centre of a row over climate change risks has resigned from the bank as he issued a broadside against corporate “cancel culture.”

20:30

Private school switches to online learning as Covid cases surge

A renowned private boys' school in Silom area will shift to online learning next week, after Covid-19 infections among students and school personnel rose to more than 700 in two months.

19:19