Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah speaks to reporters August 10, 2020. — Picture courtesy of Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas)
KUCHING, Feb 22 — Sarawak today banned the importation of pork and pork products from Sabah following reports that eight out of 13 pigs sampled from Pitas, Sabah had tested positive for African Swine Fever (ASF).
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas advised the public not to buy or bring in any pork and pork products from Sabah or any neighbouring countries.
“Anyone who contravenes this Import Ban Order or imports any animal or animal product without a permit can be fined up to RM50,000 and/or imprisonment for two years as provided for under Section 9 of the Sarawak Veterinary Public Health Ordinance 1999,” he said in a statement. He said the Department of Veterinary Services Sarawak will also tighten biosecurity measures in the state especially in Limbang and intensify ASF disease surveillance throughout Sarawak.