Penang Gerakan lodges MACC report over appointment of company as poultry supplier

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Gerakan has lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate both the state government and Penang Island City Council (MBPP), over claims that a private company with no experience in handling livestock has been appointed as a new poultry supplier.

"Among all the other companies that could have been appointed, they chose a private company with no relevant experience in livestock slaughter and distribution to manage and maintain the RM11.11mil chicken storage and distribution centre in Batu Lanchang.

"There are other companies that have experience in this industry, and we are questioning the decision-making process surrounding the poultry distribution centre," said Penang Gerakan public complaints bureau chief H’ng Khoon Leng at a press conference outside the state MACC headquarters in Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah on Tuesday (May 4).

In February last year, it was reported that poultry slaughtering would not be allowed at all wet markets and hawker centres on Penang island from October this year.

Under a new policy, traders are required to install chillers at poultry stalls in markets to maintain the freshness of the chickens at temperatures of between 0°C and 4°C.

Otherwise, they could get their supply from a centralised storage and distribution centre.

The new policy received various objections and MBPP has deferred enforcement of the policy for poultry traders to install chillers but stressed that the chillers must be installed by the end of May.

Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) stopped poultry slaughtering in wet markets in October 1991.

The Local Government and Housing Ministry had implemented a policy to stop all poultry slaughtering activities in wet markets back in 2006.

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