KOTA KINABALU: The Veterinary Services Department (DVS) has seized three tonnes of imported pork products this year to combat the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) into Malaysia.
The products were imported from China, Singapore, South Korea and the Philippines.
Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Sim Tze Tzin (pic) said two tonnes of the products were confiscated in peninsular Malaysia, while another 1.1 tonnes was seized in Sabah.
He encouraged Malaysians to enjoy such products in other countries, but not to bring them back here as it is uncertain what types of viruses the items may carry.
"If it contains viruses such as ASF, it will destroy the entire industry here. So, we want to protect the industry and our pork farmers. That's why we need to increase border security to prevent the virus from coming in.
"We hope Malaysians understand that the government is trying to protect the country and cooperate with us," Sim told reporters at a press conference in Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) Sunday (July 14).
According to statistics, the pork industry in Sabah risks losing about RM220,350 to ASF.
Sim said his ministry will continue working with Sabah DVS to prevent this from happening.