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Malaysian Durian Festival

Officials deny claims of 20 containers of "Musang King' being rejected by China

China has yet to allow Malaysia to import whole durians into the country, it was clarified today.

China, however, gave special permission for the import of 3.8 tonnes of durians, with their shells, for use during the Malaysian Durian Festival 2017 held in Nanning from Nov 3-5.

This was stated in a statement issued by Robin Wong, the durian festival’s special coordinator, and festival organiser Dominic Su.

In a statement, they said it was therefore untrue that 20 containers of Musang King durians sent to China were rejected and sent back to Malaysia due to alleged high insecticide content.

They said such messages, spread through social media, were totally “unjustifiable, unsupported, unwarranted and inaccurate”.

“We don’t know the intention of this unwarranted claim. But as the organisers of the durian festival, we feel compelled to clarify what we know to stop the further spread of these unjustifiable false claims.

“These may negatively affect the proper marketing of our quality agriculture produce, including durians.

Both of them urged the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to look into this issue and take the necessary action in identifying the irresponsible culprits behind spreading this unwarranted claim.

Fama director-general Ahmad Ishak said last month that the export of Musang King durians last year had surged to RM60 million compared with RM33 million in the previous year.

He added that Fama was targeting RM70 million in durian exports to China.

“We expect exports to China to increase 10% by the end of this year,” he said.

1 Malaysian Ringgit = 0.24 US Dollar

Publication date: 11/20/2017


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