QuickCheck: Is chicken rice in Singapore listed as a 'rare item' on e-commerce platforms?


AS the ban on chicken exports from Malaysia to Singapore looms, it has been claimed that some Singaporeans have listed chicken rice as a “rare item” on local e-commerce platforms such as Carousell. Is this true?

VERDICT:

TRUE

A check on Carousell Singapore showed a listing for a takeaway box of Hainanese roasted chicken rice from a hawker centre going for S$2,000 (RM6,390). The seller said “get this before chicken rice becomes history”.

However, this and other similar listings appear to be tongue-in-cheek attempts at trolling or finding humour from the upcoming export ban, which is set to begin on Wednesday (June 1).

The export ban has led to Singaporeans responding by listing chicken products as highly-priced “rare” or “limited edition” items on the e-commerce platform.

A "rare" chicken burger from McDonald's has also been listed by a seller claiming that it is one of the few McChickens “left in Singapore that are actually made from chicken”, and who urged people to “get it for S$1,000 (RM3,195)”.

There is also a seller who listed an item called the “last chicken rice in Singapore” for a relatively modest price of S$40 (RM127).

On May 23, the Malaysian government announced that it would halt the export of 3.6 million chickens per month from June 1, as a measure to address domestic supply shortage issues.

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