Malaysian Student Faces Charges For Bringing Cats From Russia

The Scottish fold breeds are being kept in quarantine at the moment.

Cover image via Malay Mail & Encyclopædia Britannica

A 26-year-old female student, who flew two Scottish fold cats from Moscow, is facing charges for not following import rules

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As reported by The Star, the student arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and did not show any documentation from Russia when checked.

The student could be fined up to RM100,000 or imprisoned for six years, or both, for the offences

On 4 October, Selangor Malaysian Quarantine Inspection Services (MAQIS) director Dr Tarmisal Alimin said, "It is an offence under Section 15(1) of the MAQIS Act 2011, punishable under Section 15 (2) of the same Act."

In a guide prepared by MAQIS, a veterinary health certificate is needed from the exporting country, a MAQIS import permit, and a vaccination record book.

Your pet must also be fitted with an identification microchip and have a pet passport, among many other requirements.

The cats have been quarantined while waiting for an investigation into the case

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"MAQIS always conduct checks at all entry points to ensure plants, animals, carcasses, fish, agriculture produce and microorganisms imported into the country are free of pest threats, diseases, and contaminants," Dr Tarmisal said, according to The Star.

Importing these animals could also land you on the wrong side of the law:

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