Man fined for moving goats out of FMD quarantine zone


MELAKA: The Melaka Veterinary Services Department (VSD) is happy with its victory in prosecuting a 32-year-old man for transferring five goats out of a disease quarantine area.

VSD prosecuting officer Raja Mazlan Raja Mamat said his team worked hard to ensure justice was served.

“This was our first success this year.

“Our concern is over transferring livestock from foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) gazetted areas and this case will serve as a deterrent to others,” he said, adding that his team was happy as the victory could help ensure no FMD outbreaks in the stage.

Magistrate Muhammad Nazrin Ali Rahim imposed a fine of RM2,000 on the accused Yusof Ismail on Friday (May 17) after the latter pleaded guilty.

Yusof transferred the goats in a 4WD out of an FMD control gazetted area at Tiang Dua-Jalan Durian Tunggal.

VSD enforcement officers intercepted him with the goats at a traffic intersection at Taman Melaka Perdana, Melaka Tengah on March 19 at 11.55am.

He did not have any approval from the state Veterinary Department director or his representative.

Yusof committed an offence under the Chief Minister's Order over FMD Disease Control Area Melaka (Gazette No M.P.U6), which is punishable under Section 36(1)(b)(c) of the Animal Act 1953, and Animal Act (Amendment) 2013 (Act A1452).

The offence carries a maximum fine of not more than RM15,000 upon conviction.

Yusof, who was unrepresented, paid the fine.