GEORGE TOWN, 13 Jan 2021:
The slaughter of poultry will be prohibited in markets under the jurisdiction of the Penang Island City Council (MBPP), with guidelines on the sale of poultry to take effect on March 1 this year.
The MBPP management services department said in a statement yesterday it is adopting the policy (issued by the Ministry of Housing and Local Government years ago) to protect human health, reduce river pollution and prevent pests like rats and flies.
“To facilitate the implementation of the policy, a poultry distribution and storage centre will be built in Batu Lanchang and operated by a local company selected through open tender.”
MBPP explained the practical guide for sellers and suppliers regarding dressed chicken has been approved and that having a chiller at the stall is compulsory from March.
Although traders will have to incur costs to rent or buy a chiller – roughly RM3,000 – MBPP will pay to upgrade the stalls and for wiring service.
On Jan 11, the Penang Chicken Traders Association protested the appointment of a company supplying chickens and urged the MBPP to review its decision to ban the slaughter of chickens at wet markets which it said would dampen business.