Pig farmers to hold jumbo sale to reduce prices


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  • Monday, 20 Jan 2003

From the Chinese Press

PIG farmers will hold their own “fresh pork jumbo sale” to reduce prices and arrest the oversupply situation, according to the Federation of Livestock Farmers Association. 

Sin Chew Daily reported that the sale would start before the Chinese New Year and go on indefinitely until pork prices stabilised. 

It said the sale was approved at a meeting of pig farmers from Penang, Perak, Johor, Malacca and Selangor on Saturday and each farmer would be arranging their own sales in their states. 

Pig farmers in Kuala Langat had already started theirs. 

In a statement, the pig unit of the association said pork sellers had suggested that sale start from Jan 20 to 25, (Monday to Saturday) but the farmers have yet to reply. 

Sin Chew said relations between pig farmers and pork sellers had strained as a result of the farmers going ahead with the sale. 

Pork sellers are wary that the sale would affect their livelihood but the farmers were of the opinion that the sellers were unwilling to reduce prices to stimulate sales. 

China Press reported that a bus ran over the leg of a 13-year-old student, who lost his balance while alighting from the bus after his schoolbag got stuck in the door in Batu Pahat. 

The bus driver had apparently closed the door too fast and Teo Yeow Siong’s bag got caught in the door causing him to lose his balance. 

The bus driver abandoned the bus and left the scene after that. 

Teo was sent to a government hospital but since no doctor was available was transferred to a private hospital two hours later. 

He faced the risk of having his leg amputated.  

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