Only 4 types of food not subjected to AP

The 4 are round cabbage, old coconut seeds, chicken and condensed milk

by S BIRRUNTHA / pic by TMR FILE

ONLY four specific types of agro-food commodities are no longer subject to approved permit (AP) or import quota approvals and import permits (IP).

The Agriculture and Food Industry Ministry (Mafi) said this includes round cabbage, old coconut seeds, chicken (chicken cuttings and round chicken) and milk.

It added that however, the AP for the import of rice is still in force.

According to Mafi, the decision to abolish the AP was decided by the Cabinet as announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob yesterday.

“Although AP is no longer required to bring in agro-food commodities from abroad, importers must still have an IP for the purpose of biosecurity control at the country’s entry points.

“This is to ensure biosecurity controls and imported products are free from diseases and pests, and are obtained from government-recognised plants,” the ministry said in a statement today.

Yesterday, Ismail Sabri announced the government’s decision to abolish the AP requirement for food items effective immediately as a drastic measure to ensure food security and supply in the country.

In the meantime, Mafi said with the abolition of AP, all companies are allowed to import all agro-food commodities subject to the IP issued by the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (MAQIS) Department.

This was in line with the conditions written under the permit — subsection 11(1) of the MAQIS Act 2011 (Act 728) and also other acts and regulations in force.

“Mafi will continue to play an important role to ensure the survival of the agro-food sector at every level of the food chain and so that the people continue to have adequate food supply, safe to eat and nutritious.  

“Simultaneously, the welfare of local food producers will also continue to be preserved,” the ministry said.  

Mafi hoped with this decision, the country’s food supply and food security will continue to remain secure for the wellbeing of Malaysians.