SIBU: The Royal Customs Department has finally clarified how and why a large volume of chicken wings were disposed of at a site about 1km from Bukit Aup Park.
The case has sparked wide interest after scores of scavengers rushed to dig out the chicken wings on Tuesday. They later sold them at a low price of only RM6 per kg compared to the market price of RM10-12 per kg.
State acting director of Customs, Ahmad Zainudin Drahman told a press conference yesterday that the shipment of chicken wings weighing 81 tonnes, totalling at a customs value of RM543,706, was confiscated at the Rejang Port Authority on Feb 23.
The shipment was from the Netherlands and the import duty amounted to RM108,741.26.
“The items were seized because those responsible have no import permit. We are still investigating the identity of the importer,” he said.
He added that the Customs’ duty was to ensure that the importer had import permit issued by the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry.
Ahmad Zainudin, however, could not furnish much information as to why a privately-owned site, which was near a residential area and a public park, was chosen for the disposal of the chicken wings.
“Actually, this case was not handled by the Sibu Customs, but by the Putrajaya Customs.
“They chose the location and handled the other relevant matters themselves, including engaging a contractor to do the task, while we only provide manpower support.
“I cannot explain the rationale as it was not done by us,” he said.
He said the Veterinary Services Department was also not involved in the case too although under normal procedures, such action would require an approval from them.
He added that since yesterday morning, the customs together with the Veterinary Services Department had started digging out the chicken wings and reburied them at the Kemuyang sanitary landfill.
They had also disinfected the site with sodium hyperchloride.