Chicken prices back at pre-bird flu level

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 01 Sep 2004

CHICKEN prices have rebounded to the level before the bird flu incident in a Kelantan village, Sin Chew Daily reported. 

The bird flu alarm last month had dampened the sales of chicken and caused a slide in pricing but the market sentiment had now stabilised, the daily said, quoting the Selangor and Federal Territory Chicken and Duck Traders Association. 

The association said local demand for chicken had not been badly affected, adding that daily sales were in the region of one million birds, like before. 

“The glut was basically caused by a ban by countries importing chicken from Malaysia. We turned the extra meat into frozen products to have a longer shelf-life and this helped to stabilise the market,” an association official said. 

However, he added, prices of eggs were lower than before because the eggs could not be frozen for long spans. 

Currently, ex-farm price of live chickens cost RM3.50 per kilo, while wholesale prices were RM4 per kilo and retail RM4.50 per kilo. 

China Press front-paged a story of an STPM top scorer who went to pursue a medical course in China through public donations after failing to get a place at local public universities. 

Five-As student Liew Pei Teng, who came from a poor family,0 wrote over a dozen letters to big corporations and businessmen to appeal for funds for her higher education, which would cost RM120,000 at a Shanghai university. 

Her plight drew the attention of Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, who helped to raise some RM30,000 within two weeks. However, the donations would cover just one of her five years in China. 

Liew scored three As and two A-minus grades, and had a cumulative grade point average of 3.92. But her dream of becoming a doctor was dashed when she was offered to study Marine Science in Kuala Terengganu. 

With the help of Dong Jiao Zhong (United Chinese School Committees Association), she was accepted into the Shanghai Medical University. 

“I will take it a step at a time and raise more money in the years to come,” Liew was quoted as saying.  

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