KUALA LANGAT: About 60% of approved permit (AP) holders involved in meat import are bumiputra companies, says Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee.
Among the bumiputra AP holders are Ramly Food Processing Sdn Bhd and Darabif Meat Company which 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) here yesterday.
Kiandee was commenting on the claims made by former Agriculture and Agro-based Industry deputy minister Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman in the media recently that only 10% of meat-importing AP holders were bumiputra companies.
Meanwhile, commenting on the AP holders blacklisted for violating conditions, Kiandee said his ministry was still waiting for the results of the investigation from the relevant agencies.
“The case related to this meat AP is being investigated by several agencies, including the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Royal Malaysia Police, Royal Malaysian Customs and Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry.”
The Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry is reportedly ready to revoke the companies’ AP if they are found to be involved in the frozen meat distribution cartel scandal. — Bernama