The Sabah state government has decided to ban swiftlet farming in all urban areas in the state.
The ban was imposed as it was felt that the breeding activities in town areas were a health and environmental hazard and a public nuisance.
Where does this leave the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP)? George Town has been rapidly going to the birds. The ball is now in the MPPP’s court.
This is the Bernama report:
Sabah To Prepare Guidelines On Proper Swiftlet Farming
KOTA KINABALU, April 9 (Bernama) — The Sabah Local Government and Housing Ministry will prepare guidelines for proper swiftlet farming in all of the 24 districts in the state.
Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor said today this was because the state cabinet had decided to ban swiftlet farming in the city and town areas.
“The (state) cabinet has made a decision that rearing of these birds in town areas is no longer allowed.
“We hope the local authorities will inform the farmers not to go ahead with their ventures in the town areas, especially in shops and commercial buildings,” he told reporters after witnessing the swearing-in of the new board members of the Sabah Housing and Town Development Authority here.
State Resource Development and Information Technology Minister Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai announced the ban yesterday stating the reasons that the farming activities posed health and environmental hazards as well as public nuisance.