The Chicken Pirate: Man arrested for trying to smuggle frozen chicken from Singapore to Johor Bahru

Photo courtesy of the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services
Photo courtesy of the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services

If you thought the chicken saga between Malaysia and Singapore was over, yolks on you! 

A 30-year-old Malaysian man was arrested while attempting to transport 210 kg of frozen chicken from Singapore to Johor Bahru for RM3,580 (US$773).

On October 2 at about 9:00 p.m., he was stopped by immigration officers on the Malaysian side of the Sultan Abu Bakar Complex in Johor.

He was taking the Tuas Second Link from Singapore to Johor.

He was carrying 14 cartons of chicken in total.

According to Sin Chew Daily, the individual seemed suspicious during the customs inspections while travelling in a private vehicle.

When his car was examined, the 14 cartons of frozen chicken were discovered in the boot.

According to a spokesperson for the Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services, the individual did not possess an import permit or any sort of verification for his meat imports.

An investigation was initiated under the 2011 Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services Act.

The spokesman reaffirmed that in order to maintain high standards for food safety, Malaysian authorities will make sure that no farm or food imports were permitted without import licences.

The individual faces a maximum six-year prison sentence and a RM100,000 punishment if found guilty.

RELATED: Poultry farmers in Malaysia urge government to lift chicken export ban on Singapore or lose out to Indonesia | Coconuts 

Malaysia now has an oversupply of chicken after raising the alarm about shortages in February | Coconuts 

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