Sabah bans urban swiflet farming – and MPPP?


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.

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Before anybody objects ‘health hazard not proven’, I think my issue with swiftlet farming is that it’s a /farm/. When I buy a terraced house, I don’t expect my neighbour to be a farm. By the looks on the faces of the closing-down restaurants here and the passers-by who don’t want to eat /under a farm/, they didn’t expect the next-door shoplot to be a farm either. I suspect the reason for converting properties into swiftlet hostels has less to do with seizing a great business opportunity and more to do with attempting to offset the cost of maintaining empty… Read more »


“Before anybody objects ‘health hazard not proven’” Not me. As long as it’s shit, it carries bacteria and poses a health hazard. Unless of course, someone regularly clean up the bird shits. I have no objection on the way the Americans raising dogs. They do clean up the dog shits. Similarly, if the “farm owner” clean up the bird shits and keep the premise clean (relatively anyway, couldn’t be 100% clean, right?), health hazard would be minimized. But then, locals, aiya, I don’t have much trust la. Local dog owners let their dogs shit everywhere and never pick up after… Read more »


Swiftlet farming is ok.
However, don’t do that in towns or at places where you have neighbours.

It’s a source of objectionable noise and health hazard.

Ong Eu Soon

Some where else people are looking for way to draw the swiflet back to their towns. Our problem is the noise pollution that is a real public nuisance. If the breeders are sensible enough to control the sound volume for attracting swiflet, I think the swiflet farming is tolerable.


Talk about noise pollution. In New Jersey, if a dog barks and barks and barks and barks, the neighbors have the right to get the police to issue summons to the dog owner. This is to ensure that the rights of the neighbors are being respected. Over here? Dog barking non-stop, what can the neighbor do? Nothing. And cats? Oh wow ! When a she-cat is in heat, the cat-choir sings non-stop ALL NIGHT LONG. Meow-meow-meow–meow … and rinse and repeat and rinse again and repeat … If we to compare to the noise pollution of the swiftlet hostel, no… Read more »

Anti hipocrite

Another bullshit reply…

En … Iron,

If the dog barks, there is nothing to stop you from … complain(ing) to the council to have them destroyed.

And cat only meowed when they are in the heat.

to date the dangers of cats and dogs to health are already well established for centuries and humans already knows how to tackle it.

If I die from the bird virus from the birdhouse at the back of my house being forced down at my throat without any choice. who gonna pay? YOU who is hiding behind your iron bull…??

Gerakan K

This is stupid idea. What we need is that a systematic and hygiene way to do it.

Also consider banning poor people in big city like KL because they are nuisance to upper class people.


I agree with Iron again. I’m glad to hear of a swift-farming ban in populated areas, I look forward to them banning it across the road from me too. Dogs roaming about off the leash should be summarily euthanised, unless they’re wearing a collar identifying their owner, in which case the owner should be made to eat all the dog turds within 100 metres of where their dog was found… Cats… don’t get me started on cats. They’re even worse. If you haven’t got enough land of your own for an animal to exercise, hunt and shit on, you shouldn’t… Read more »


So there are 3 reasons:

* health hazard
* environmental hazard
* public nuisance


Now, Anil, let’s expand it, shall we?

How about dogs and cats?

Dogs bite people. Dogs shit everywhere.

Cats? There are people, aka HUMAN BEINGS who are allergic to cats.

Health hazard? You betcha !

Environmental hazard? You betcha !

Public nuisance? You betcha !

So … why not petition MPPP to ban the Swiflet farming along with dog owning and cat owning in the entire state of Penang?

After all, fair is fair, right?

Do not discriminate on the birds alone.

Anti hipocrite

Hey mr IRON.. and who the … are you? professor of something? Bird farming and cats and dogs are all different things altogether. With cats and dogs I have a choice, I am not forced to rear cats or dogs if I am allergic to it. And there are no dogs allowed around my house. But with Bird houses, DO I HAVE A … CHOICE? An arrogant rich chinese gangster from Sarawak build one near my house and he does not even have approval from the local council. In fact he hid the bird house officially and applied to the… Read more »