Malaysian Caught Trying To Smuggle A Live Bird Into Singapore In A Potato Chip Can

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A 23-year-old Malaysian man thought he could get away with smuggling a live bird into Singapore in a can of potato chips

Lim Ke Yi was caught and fined SGD5,000 (RM14,900), said Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) in a joint statement on Wednesday, 13 June.

It was said that he was driving a Malaysian-registered car.

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Image via AVA

He hid the tube of potato chips containing the bird in the car's glove compartment, but was stopped at Woodlands Checkpoint (Malaysia-Singapore border) on 27 May

According to a report by Channel NewsAsia, Lim did not have a license by AVA to import birds.

On top of it all, he was charged for not ensuring that the bird was free of harm and unnecessary suffering during the transport.

Following the incident, ICA stated in a Facebook post that the bird has been transferred to AVA's care.

Image via AVA

Smuggling animals into Singapore may introduce exotic diseases, such as bird flu, ICA and AVA said in the statement

"Under the Animals and Birds Act (Singapore), the importation of any animals or live birds into Singapore without a licence is illegal and carries a maximum penalty of a SGD10,000 (RM30,000) fine, imprisonment for up to a year, or both."

ICA added that they will continue to conduct security checks on passengers and vehicles at the checkpoints to prevent any attempts to smuggle in undesirable persons, drugs, weapons, explosives, and other illegal goods.

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