Lift ban on pork from Malaysia

Do the authorities have any plans to lift the 16-year-old ban on fresh pork from Malaysia?

If not, what are the reasons for not doing so?

Do the authorities believe that the Nipah virus still lurks in Malaysian farms, after 16 years?

Or are there good practices currently adopted in Indonesian farms that are absent in Malaysian farms?

Pork is a staple food for many Singaporeans, who prefer fresh to frozen pork.

The fresh pork market should not be duopolised by pork from Indonesia and the more expensive Australia.

Cheng Shoong Tat

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2015, with the headline 'Lift ban on pork from Malaysia'. Print Edition | Subscribe