Monday, April 23, 2012

Tee Yong: Stop speculating on bird’s nest export issue

Published: Friday April 20, 2012 MYT 8:10:00 PM

PUTRAJAYA: Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong dispelled fears that only one company will be given the monopoly to export bird's nest to China. He said the assumption was unfounded because China would not want only one company sending bird's nest to the country.

“We believe they would like to have choices.

“China is our major buyer, so it is important that we fulfil their requirements,” he said, adding that this included having a list of companies and not just one.

Speaking to newsmen after a meeting with a delegation from the Zhanjiang Foreign Affairs Bureau here, Chua said bird's nest producers and exporters should stop speculating.

“The draft protocol on the entry of the product into China is still being discussed between the two countries.

“Speculating and jumping to conclusion that only one company will be appointed to handle the export is not going to help.

“We must understand that our goal is to settle the market access problem and as such we must fulfil what China needs,” he said.

Chua also said it was not fair to accuse the ministry for the delay in signing the export protocol.

“We cannot rush them (into agreeing on the protocol) because they have to look into their requirements such as the safety issues,” he said.

On the meeting, Chua said Zhanjiang deputy mayor Chen Anming who headed the delegation had extended a proposal to Malaysia to participate in its agricultural industrial park project.

“They felt Malaysia could gain a lot by participating in the project as Zhanjiang is located near Southeast Asia,” he said.

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