PETALING JAYA - Chicken sellers are concerned about costs and the freshness of meat following a government ban on poultry slaughtering in markets under local authorities.
"Chickens will be slaughtered (elsewhere) and definitely kept in chillers before being sent to us. How can we be sure that they are fresh and not contaminated?" said A.T. Yee, 62.
Yee, who sells chicken at the Jalan Othman market here, said customers frequented wet markets to buy fresh chickens.
She foresaw that such slaughtered chickens would be at least 24 hours old if they were sent from a different location to the respective market.
"Our customers are concerned about quality and want to be certain of its freshness. They are not going to buy if it's not fresh," said Yee.
She was also sceptical whether supply could be delivered on time.
On Tuesday, the National Council for Local Government announced the ban, saying that it was to avoid infectious diseases caused by slaughtering activities, besides minimising the number of cockroaches, flies and rats in the markets.
The move was also to ensure that poultry was slaughtered in an appropriate manner as well as in accordance to the halal certification from the Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and state Islamic religious councils.
Another chicken seller, K.M. Lau, 42, was worried that the move would lead to an increase in the price of chicken, perhaps by at least RM1 (S$0.38).
He also asked where the slaughtering would take place.