Chicken farm closure in Melaka won’t affect supply

The 2-day closure is mainly due to the chickens’ delayed growth

by SHAFIQQUL ALIFF / pic by TMR FILE

THE two-day closure of a chicken farm in Jasin, Melaka, this weekend will not affect the supply of the chicken in the country.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said his ministry has received a letter of explanation from the company which operates the chicken farm.

He said the company could not supply chicken from its farm due to the chickens’ delayed growth, which was recorded at 1.1kg per chicken instead of the average selling weight of 1.8kg.

“Their explanation does not appear to indicate there is a cartel behind it with the intention of profiteering. They have also made it clear that their closure was not a step to undermine the government, the industry or done with bad intentions,” he told reporters today.

Nanta Linggi said although this is not a normal practice, the company wanted some time to allow the chickens to grow to their normal sizes as well as to maintain its reputation.

“Usually, these chickens are sent to the market after reaching a certain age and we have make sure that the chicken market will not be affected,” he said in a press conference after launching the Malaysia Controlled Items and Subsidised Items Logos.

According to Nanta Linggi, only one company was involved with the closure, which may have been affected by the quality of chicken feed.

A special task force from the Malaysia Competition Commission has been deployed to investigate issues related to the chicken industry under Section 4 of the Competition Act 2020.

“The results of their investigations will be presented to me and the government. We hope to reach a conclusion with recommended measures by July,” he said.

Regarding the event, Nanta Linggi said the logos are aimed to make consumers more aware of the subsidies provided by the government in its efforts to reduce the cost of living of target groups.

The initiative is to curb the leakage and misuse of subsidised and controlled goods as well as commodities involved in pilot projects such as sugar, cooking oil and wheat flour.

The Cooking Oil Price Control Mechanism Programme has been extended until end of the month to control the price of cooking oil in bottles below RM30 per 5kg bottle.

“KPDNHEP is committed to continue the subsidy programmes such as the cooking oil price stabilisation scheme programme, which subsidises cooking oil in polybags to help the bottom 40% income target group.

“We are also continuing to set the price of chicken and chicken eggs until June 5, 2022,” he said.

At the same time, Nanta Linggi added that KPDNHEP will also monitor complaints that chicken traders are charging additional fees for cutting chickens.

He said KPDNHEP will monitor to ensure that the price of chicken sold to consumers does not exceed the ceiling price set at RM8.90 per kg.

“We will monitor the chicken cutting service fee to ensure chicken prices is not too high from what we have set, although the price of the service is not within our control price,” he said.