Sunday, July 3, 2011

Kelantan urged to standardise bird’s nest licence regulations

Posted on June 23, 2011, Thursday
KOTA BAHARU: The Kelantan Bird’s Nest Traders Association has urged the state government to standardise regulations of licences issued to swiftlet entrepreneurs which will allow the association to coordinate their activities statewide. Its president, Ooi Siong Hwa, said the non-uniformity in regulation could affect activities conducted for the development of the rapidly flourishing industry.

“The association currently found that bird’s nest licence issuance by local authorities in Kelantan was not standardised and resulted in stunted efforts for improvements,” he told reporters here yesterday. He said the move was also in line with the Veterinary Department’s guideline stating that bird’s nest entrepreneurs need to register with the department within the next three years, starting this year.

Entrepreneurs who failed to do so within the stipulated period cannot apply for a licence from their local authority, he added. For example, Oii said not all local authorities issued licences to bird’s nest entrepreneurs which resulted in many of them operating illegally.

He said of the 10 local authorities in Kelantan, only five district and municipal councils gave out such licences namely Kota Baharu, Kuala Krai, Tanah Merah, Gua Musang and Machang. “The licence requirements are also not standardised, including the fees charged,” he said. — Bernama

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