Student faces jail and fine for bringing cats into M’sia

Scottish fold from Moscow, detained at KLIA as its owner flouted Maqis Act.

PETALING JAYA: A 26-year-old Malaysian student who brought back two cats from Russia could face hefty penalties and jail time for flouting import regulations.

The woman, who arrived from Moscow with two Scottish Folds, risks being fined up to RM100,000 or jail up to six years or both.

Checks at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport found there was non-compliance with conditions imposed by Selangor Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department (Maqis).

Maqis’ Dr Tarmisal Alimin said she failed to show veterinary health certificates from the exporting country.

“Maqis always conduct checks at all entry points to ensure plants, animals, carcass, fish, agriculture produce and microorganisms im-ported into Malaysia are free of pest threats, diseases and contaminants, ” Tarmisal said.The cats are being kept in quarantine pending investigation.”

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