Kiandee: About 60% of companies with AP to import meat are bumiputra-owned

KUALA LANGAT (Bernama): About 60% of the approved permit (AP) holders involved in meat importing activities are bumiputra companies, said Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee.

He said Ramly Food Processing Sdn Bhd and Darabif Meat Company are among the bumiputra AP holders, adding that these companies are capable of importing large quantities of meat.

"In terms of the quantity of (imported meat), it depends on the ability of the company. These two companies are able to import meat in large quantities and are able to compete with non-bumiputra companies, ” he told reporters after a working visit to the area farmers’ organisation (PPK) Kuala Langat here on Tuesday (Jan 26).

He was commenting on the claims made by former Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman in the media recently that only 10 per cent of AP holders to import meat are bumiputra companies.

Commenting on the AP holders blacklisted for violating the conditions, Kiandee said the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries was still waiting for the results of the investigation from the relevant agencies.

"We are still waiting for the results of the investigation. The case related to this meat AP is being investigated by several agencies including the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the Royal Malaysia Police, the Royal Malaysian Customs and the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs.

"If there is a violation of the AP conditions, the Ministry will take stern action, ” he said.

Recently, the Ministry was reportedly ready to revoke the companies’ AP if they were found to be involved in the frozen meat distribution cartel without a halal certificate and will not tolerate any of its staff being involved in the issue. - Bernama

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