— Approved Permit (AP) holders who are found to be working closely with cartels bringing in non-certified meat will be subject to stern action including having their licences suspended, said Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee.
For now, he said investigation was being carried out by the authorities into cartels importing these meat, even if there are AP holders and civil servants involved.
“Let the investigation be carried out first and when it is completed, further action will be taken including suspending the AP if found guilty,” he said of the action to be taken against AP holders involved with cartels importing non-halal meat.
Kiandee, who was met by the media after officiating the National Digital Agriculture Conference (DigAc) 2020 here today, said the issue of smuggling non-halal imported meat was a serious matter and needed to be eradicated immediately.
He, meanwhile, stressed that the Agriculture and Food Industry Ministry and the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) constantly ascertained the halal status of the meat and poultry brought into the country.
The media today reported that the cartel imports meat from non-halal-certified slaughterhouses from a few countries. There were doubts about halal status and quality of the meat.
It is believed that the cartel has bribed some government employees including certain agency officials to pass inspections at the country’s entrances.
Previously, a warehouse of a frozen meat company in Taman Perindustrian Senai, Johor was raided by the authorities as a result of intelligence by the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Department for suspected involvement in the smuggling of frozen meat.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency