MCC to conduct checks on illegal wildlife trade amid coronavirus outbreak

Yii (seated centre) during the full council meeting. To his left is deputy mayor Julaihi Mohamad.

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Jan 31: Miri City Council (MCC) will work closely with the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) to conduct regular checks at wet markets around the city on sale of illegal wildlife meats.

MCC mayor Adam Yii said the initiative is part of its effort to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, believed to have originated from exotic meat.

“This issues (the coronavirus outbreak) is a serious matter and MCC will take immediate action to ensure the virus is contained and not spreading here,” he told reporters after chairing MCC full council meeting here today.

MCC will ensure traders adhere to SFC regulations.

“The prime suspects for the outbreak are snakes and bats,” he said. — DayakDaily