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This is a follow up to my last posting on chicken prices.

If you read the following Bernama report, the  Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Wira Mohd Johari Baharom is considering issue of import permits for chicken to stabilise the price if the chicken price continues to rise. Hell, this fellow must be a virgin of sorts, who can’t see beyond his nose. It is just the start of Ramadan and chicken prices go up, what does he accept in the month to follow.

 

Being a minister, RM7 for a kilo is chicken feed, but is this fellow aware that there are consumers buying one chicken when the normal order is for two. Stupidly, he says prices are cheap compared to neighboring countries, but these countries have different money values.

 

He thinks like a kindergarten kid when he says, “transport costs and increase in demand could be the course”. As a minister don’t you keep track and are you still new to the job. As a minister you are a failure.

 

Being a newbie, he may not know Malaysia imports 3.4 million birds to Singapore, per month, which keeps the importers happy because of the value of currency.   

 

He never gave details of “ the last year offer” – and there were no takers, but minister, Thailand is the biggest supplier of chicken and our business chaps must be eunuchs not to benefit by this. So, Johari, good luck to you.

 Government Ready To Issue Import Permit To Stabilise Chicken Price

JITRA, Aug 15 (Bernama) — The government is ready to issue import permit for chicken to stabilise the price if it continues to rise, Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Wira Mohd Johari Baharom said.
He said the increase in the price of chicken to about RM7 per kg compared to the farm price of RM4.70 per kg since the start of Ramadan was still reasonable.
"It is still cheap compared to the prices in the neighbouring countries. Transportation costs and an increase in demand could be the cause for the hike," he told reporters after joining a poor family in Teluk Malek, near here, for a sahur (pre-dawn Ramadan meal).
Johari said last year the ministry offered to issue import permit for chicken but there were not takers because the price of chicken was still within the reasonable range.
He also assured the people that there would be sufficient supply of chicken, meat and eggs during the Aidilfitri.
"Some 1.4 million to 1.5 million chickens are produced daily by farms in the country, which is more than the daily demand of about 1.3 million to 1.4 million," he said.

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Instances of baby dumping in Malaysia has been going on indefinitely, more so of Malay ethnic babies who have been left in odd places like mosques, houses, etc. Here we are talking of an innocent, perhaps an underage girl, a drop out, wanting to be an adult, not too preoccupied with consequences or promises made by her so called boy friend, who falls into a trap with a baby in her hands. In a Muslim society she is condemned, and being in a thoroughly subordinate position, there is nothing much she can do. Shariah law is her fear, castigation from fellow Muslims is the second, and being immature and bewildered she with tears in her eyes decides to abandon her own flesh and blood. Can you imagine anything more cruel than this. This is something she has to live with for the rest of her life – a stigma only known to her which will haunt her for the rest of her life. A mother who is to support life abandoning the baby which perhaps end up lifeless if someone does not detect the bundle left by her.

 

Biologically and maternally, she loves the child, having carried it in her body for 9 months. But then comes religion.

 

Today I read, a Minister, surprisingly a woman,  Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said the Cabinet had decided that the police should investigate as murder those cases of baby dumping where the infants die.

 

What is odd, the poor mother wants the baby to live, but this woman Minister, bless her soul, wishes the baby dies so that the victim can be charged for murder.

 

Malaysia is  a funny country, you can murder someone with explosives and someone else carries the baby, you can bankrupt a country, you can allow corruption with the Police, Judiciary, MACC and other government agencies and it is above shariah, but abandoning a baby because of religious concern deserves death.

 

Anyhow please read the following, when we have not enough money to educate our youngsters on the folly of premarital sex, and find it convenient to kill young mothers lead astray, something is wrong.  

 

Who foots the bill?

http://www.thesundaily.com/article.cfm?id=50588
Natalie Shobana Ambrose


STANDING
in the heart of London, I stood admiring the massive lion sculptures that sit guarding Nelson’s very tall column. Looking up to the top of the column where Nelson stands, I imagined all the great things that took place in this space steeped in history from political demonstrations, World Cup victory celebrations, New Year festivities and not forgetting what it commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar. As I looked further towards the buildings surrounding Trafalgar Square, the sky was peppered with flags of different countries.

Britain, Canada, EU, South Africa perhaps, the Emirates, even Uganda … and "Could it be?" I thought, "No way" I said. Perhaps my eyes were getting things mixed up and I got my flags mixed up. It was prime land, not only does it scream rich, it’s deafeningly vuvuzela expensive. You’ve got to wonder what the price tag on real estate would be so close to Buckingham Palace. Not only was it exclusive, it was posh and yes it was the Malaysian flag, perched high up against the London sky backdrop.

Standing at the crossroads, I waited as the red double-decker buses passed by and right there in the middle of London on prime land is the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board. My heart just broke.

Do we really have that much money to spend? Do we really need a tourism office right in the centre of London when just last year, there wasn’t enough money in the budget to investigate the rape accusations of the Penan women in Sarawak? Or that there are so many living under the poverty line while things like bridges in poorer areas are inadequately maintained, killing schoolchildren when it collapsed. Where are our priorities?

It seems to be that the idea of development means that we build big, we advertise large and we deck ourselves with great portrayals of monetary wealth to show the rest of the world that we are equals in the wealth game while we lose the very essence of what development really means.

Personally, development means a government that works for the people, a justice system that is truly blind, and a people who value each other as equals. Instead, we move backwards every time Parliament is in session.

We spend too much dragging out cases that should not even be in court because a sin is mistaken as a crime while there is a foolish need to search for a pure, mighty race when we are all supposed to be one.

Instead of looking after our young, we amend marriage laws to allow teenagers to get married with the excuse of preventing teenage pregnancies, abortions and baby dumping. When the best solution would be to direct funds towards a better education system that includes sex education, and before I get any hate mail, it doesn’t mean advocating practices that go against religious beliefs. It’s about protecting our young, not changing laws that advocate shotgun marriages and perhaps even a higher divorce rate in the future. People are going to sin, that we cannot control. What we can do is to help them avoid committing a crime, committing murder.

Maybe the argument is that we need a tourism board in the heart of London to boost our economy especially since we have lost a huge chunk of our FDI, but surely the logic of putting your own oxygen mask on first before you help anyone else should be a reminder of how the people’s money is spent? Take care of yourself before you can take care of others is taken too literally. There used to be a time when politicians fought for the country and not themselves. These days it seems the oxygen mask is only for themselves.

Natalie wonders what the subsidy bill looks like to set up house on prime real estate near Buckingham Palace. Comments: letters@thesundaily.com

 

Below, is yet another news close to the festive season, with the chicken sellers wanting to maximize their profits knowing consumers will grumble and still buy chicken, considered  a necessity in our daily menu.

First and foremost, why on earth must the stupid overworked Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob wait the approach of a festive season before carrying out discussions particularly the one relating to incentives. But here again, this chap is over-worked, domestic trade, cooperatives and consumerism, etc and this could be the reason perhaps, why he is tardy and waits for the time honored concept of crossing the bridge when the time comes.

Any consumer, from a housewife to a minister knows prices bloom at the mercy of the traders who just love to hijack prices for any festive season for any reason just to maximize their profits. Sometimes I wonder if this minister has the inability to know whom he supports the trader or the consumer.

But the best is when he is blatantly worried the traders may not sell chicken and thereby the country will go chicken-less, consumers will lose out and traders will carry on living unemployed.

Please minister think.    

Minister : Discussions on chicken prices with livestock farmers ongoing
By Husna Yusop
newsdesk@thesundaily.com
PUTRAJAYA (13 Aug 2010) : The government was discussing with the livestock farmers associations to look into how the retail price of chicken can be reduced despite the reported increase in the price of chicken feed.
Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said although the prices of dressed chicken and live chicken have gone up in several places, the price of cooked chicken remained.
He said the matter was discussed during a joint-committee meeting between the ministry and Agriculture and Agro-Based Ministry, chaired by his deputy Datuk Rohani Abdul Karim on Thursday.
“We have asked the Agriculture and Agro-Based Ministry to use their discretion to discuss the situation with the livestock farmers associations.
“We hope they take note of the consumer association’s suggestion for incentives to be given because the price of chicken in the market is related to the price at the farm.
“From the farm, it goes to the wholesaler and then the retailer. Because of these multiple tiers, in the end, the retail price went up,” he said at the ministry Friday.
He added that the incentive is under the jurisdiction of the Agriculture and Agro-Based Ministry.
The Kedah Consumer Association has suggested for the government to give our chicken feed incentives to farmers to check the drastic increase in the price of chicken during the fasting month.
Its president Datuk Yusoff Ismail said traders have no choice but to increase the price when they have to get their supply from wholesalers and farmers who have raised the price from RM4.30 per kilo to RM5 per kilo.
Ismail Sabri said his ministry could only ensure that the retail price of chicken will be controlled during the coming Hari Raya as it would set a ceiling price for it.
Chicken, as well as several other essential items, are occasionally placed under the list of controlled goods for festive season during any festive occasion in the country.
“We are still thinking how much we are going to set the ceiling price. If it is set too low, the traders may decide not to sell and this would be a problem too.
“So, we are discussing with the chicken traders before determining the ceiling price. I hope it would be less than the price now,” he added.
Ismail Sabri also said the ministry does not have power to control the price of food in the Ramadhan bazaars, adding it is up to the consumers to make their selection wisely.