November 15, 2023


Subsidies did not reach chicken farmers in Johor, Malaysia, since July 2022, politician claims




Chicken farmers in Johor, Malaysia, have not received any subsidies since July 2022, said Datuk Seri Dr. Wee Ka Siong, a member of the Malaysian Parliament.


Dr. Wee said that the outstanding payments of this subsidy have affected the cash flow of farmers.


"I brought-up this issue in Dewan Rakyat in February and followed it up by submitting information of the complainants in a briefing four months ago," said Dr. Wee in a Facebook post on November 9. "I also highlighted in the Dewan Rakyat the case of the Klang Valley Farmers Association president who allegedly bribed a ministry official to expedite the chicken and eggs subsidy payment.


"The official had since been remanded by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission. I hope such a practice will not become a trend."


Dr. Wee said he appealed to the Malaysian government to allow small and medium farmers to continue their operations without being subject to the condition of constructing enclosure that will cost as high as RM10 million (US$2.1 million).


"Not all farmers have the capability to fulfil this condition; having small and medium farmers who can produce 30,000 to 50,000 chickens will ensure that we have a sufficient supply of chicken and eggs," he added.

- The Star

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