SIBU – Sibu police have cordoned the plot where a few containers of frozen chicken wings were disposed and buried by an enforcement authority last Friday since yesterday afternoon.
Police personnel were also put on guard at the entrance to prevent members of the public from entering the area.
A check at the site by Bernama this morning found that the unbearable strong stench of rotten chicken wings had already filled the air.
“Nobody had come here today and even if they did, we would have to ask them to leave,” said one of the two policemen on duty there.
Meanwhile, an emergency meeting on the matter was held at the Custom Department office at Jalan Deshon here this morning, attended by officials from relevant departments including Sibu divisional health officer Dr Muhamad Rais Abdullah.
However pressmen who expected to get some updates on the matter were disappointed and were told that Sarawak Custom director Ahmad Ji would be coming here and scheduled to hold a press conference tomorrow.
When the news about the disposal broke out, dozens of people came to the site yesterday morning to dig out the chicken wings, ignoring the possibilities the chicken wings could be hazardous to their health.
It is believed the chicken wings were confiscated by the customs enforcement unit at Sibu Rajang Port and originated from the Netherlands.
A check on the Veterinary Service Department website found that a ban had been issued by Malaysia on Nov 30 last year on import of any birds from the Netherlands following the outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in that country. – BERNAMA