Secretive chicken cartel brought down by whistleblower

The team from the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore that investigated the chicken price-fixing case: (from left) team leader Kong Weng Loong, Mr Lim Wei Lu, Ms Sarah Tan, Ms Ethel Lin, Mr Tham Chang Xian, Ms Janet Chua, Mr Nicholas Sim
The team from the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore that investigated the chicken price-fixing case: (from left) team leader Kong Weng Loong, Mr Lim Wei Lu, Ms Sarah Tan, Ms Ethel Lin, Mr Tham Chang Xian, Ms Janet Chua, Mr Nicholas Sim and Ms Lee Wan Yi.ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

SINGAPORE - For years, a close-knit group of executives from firms that supply 90 per cent of Singapore's fresh chicken would gather at the Poultry Merchants' Association in Defu, among other places, to discuss prices.

The 13 suppliers, some of whom had known each other for decades, would make verbal agreements to increase prices in tandem and avoid competition with one another, leaving little paper trail of their misdeeds.

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