‘Like McDonald’s with no burgers’: Singapore faces chicken shortage as Malaysia bans export | Singapore

Supplies of Singapore’s beloved de-facto nationwide dish, chicken and rice, are below menace after neighbouring Malaysia banned exports of the meat in an try and ease home value will increase.

The Malaysian prime minister, Ismail Sabri Yaakob, introduced final week that the nation would block exports of three.6 million chickens a month from 1 June to stabilise provide at house. The ban is predicted to result in value will increase and shortages in Singapore, which depends upon Malaysia for a 3rd of its poultry imports.

On Tuesday, queues fashioned outdoors fashionable meals stalls as the general public rushed to purchase dishes earlier than the ban was imposed, whereas native media reported that some supermarkets and moist markets had offered out of chicken.

Daniel Tan, the proprietor of a series of seven stalls known as OK Chicken Rice, advised Reuters that Malaysia’s ban can be “catastrophic” for distributors.

“The ban would mean we are no longer able to sell. It’s like McDonald’s with no burgers,” he stated.

His stalls depend on provides from Malaysia, which largely exports chickens stay to Singapore, the place they’re slaughtered. Tan stated he must change to utilizing frozen chicken inside the week and feared a “strong hit to sales” as a consequence.

Some distributors have stated they’ll cease promoting chicken altogether and as a substitute discover various dishes – dangerous information for followers of Singapore’s much-loved dish of poached chicken, served with rice cooked in stock, and chilli dip.

The proprietor of the favored eatery Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice told the Singaporean outlet The Straits Times that it might cease serving chicken dishes if it couldn’t get recent provides. Its founder, Foo Kui Lian, stated they’d as a substitute “bring back dishes like fried tofu, fried pork chop and prawn salad, but we will not use frozen chicken”.

The Singapore Food Agency has inspired the general public to make use of frozen chicken, which is imported from international locations such as Brazil, or to strive various meat or fish, and to chorus from shopping for greater than they want.

Malaysia is the most recent nation to introduce protectionist meals insurance policies. India has banned wheat exports after a heatwave prompted home costs to soar, and has restricted the export of sugar. In April, Indonesia, the world’s largest provider of palm oil, blocked overseas gross sales, citing home shortages – although the ban has since been dropped.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has worsened rises in international meals costs, which have been already affected by excessive climate and the affect of the pandemic on provide chains.

In Malaysia, chicken costs have soared over latest months and a few retailers have rationed gross sales, partly as a result of rising value of feed.

In addition to the export ban, the Malaysian authorities has additionally scrapped import permits for chicken and wheat to spice up provides, and stated it is going to the simplify the method for breeders to safe subsidies. Prices in Malay have been additionally capped at 8.90 ringgit (£1.61) a chicken in February.

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