Malaysia: Meat cartel scandal: Frozen food company director, manager to be charged

By By Rizalman Hammim – New Straits Times

Frozen Food Sdn Bhd director Yong Chee Keong (front) and the company’s manager Chong Kim Kuang are arrive at the Sessions Court in Johor Baru April 22, 2021. — Picture by Ben Tan

JOHOR BARU: The director of a frozen food company along with its manager are expected to be charged at the Sessions Court here tomorrow as part of the meat cartel case.

This was informed by the Customs Department in a media release today.

According to the release, the company and its two executives will face four charges under Section 135(1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967 for possession of prohibited items.

In February, a frozen food distribution company and three of its executives were charged at the Sessions Court here with multiple counts of possessing and distributing unauthorised frozen products and using false and unauthorised Halal logos.F

LY Frozen Food Sdn Bhd, its directors Yong Chee Keong and Tan Siew Huak, and manager Chong Kim Kuang faced a total 21 charges for various offences.

They were accused of possessing and distributing a total 3,418 packages of frozen products without the approval of two Australian companies and using false and unauthorised Halal logos from two Australian certification bodies.

They were accused of committing the offences between Dec 1 and 3, 2020 in Taman Perindustrian Desa Idaman, Senai, Kulai.

All the accused pleaded not guilty.

It was previously reported that a cartel has been importing non-certified meat and selling them as halal meat in Malaysia.

The cartel has reportedly been operating for over 40 years and imported meat from non-halal-certified slaughterhouses in a few countries, such as Brazil, Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Spain and Mexico.

The meat, smuggled out of the port, would be taken to warehouses where it would be mixed with halal-certified meat and repacked with fake halal logos, then sold in the market.