The Malaysian government has clarified that their export ban includes not just live chicken, but also chilled meat, frozen meat, and chicken-based products.
This means that products like nuggets, patties, and sausages are also included in the export ban. So unless you’re swearing off chicken, it’s time to fork out even more money for them.
Ban Started on 1 June
Since the export ban kicked in on 1 June, Singapore has felt the impact of fresh chicken shortages, especially since we depend on Malaysia for 34% of our chicken supply.
Many people rushed to hoard fresh chicken, leading to empty shelves at supermarkets and wet markets over the past few days.
Additionally, some popular eateries even decided to temporarily close, since they didn’t want to use frozen chicken to replace fresh chicken on their menu. As for those who decided to switch to using frozen chicken, they may also face difficulties soon since the ban extends to frozen products too.
Why Ban Chicken Exports?
The impetus behind the decision is to stabilise the domestic prices and supply of chicken within Malaysia. This was initially prompted by complaints from Malaysian citizens.
Malaysian customers have been complaining about the rising chicken prices, such that some retailers are even resorting to rationing their sales.
By banning chicken exports, it will increase the local supply of chicken and thus decrease chicken prices in Malaysia.
Ban Probably Won’t Last
If you’re despairing about never getting to eat your favourite chicken rice again, we have some good news for you.
On Thursday (2 June), Malaysia’s Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said he is optimistic that Malaysia would be able to bring down domestic prices of chicken and resume exports of poultry to Singapore soon.
He then added that the ban is unlikely to last a few months.
“We value our bilateral relationship with Singapore. This is not an easy decision for us to make. So we hope that it is very temporary in nature until the supply and price situation is stabilised,” Mr Khairy said.
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