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SINGAPORE - The recent flap over the culling of chickens in Sin Ming is among issues that will be raised in Parliament on Monday (Feb 20), ahead of the unveiling of the annual Budget by Finance Minister Heng Swee Kiat. Mr Heng is scheduled to start speaking at 3.30 pm. The question on the culling of 24 free-range chickens last month is being raised by Mr Louis Ng (Nee Soon GRC). The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) said it did it following complaints from residents and public health concerns. After a public outcry, AVA said the culling was done owing to a bird flu risk. Mr Louis Ng (Nee Soon GRC) is one of three MPs who will ask how the authorities handle complaints on wildlife, according to the Order Paper issued by Parliament on Friday (Feb 17). He wants to know if AVA sets a threshold on the number of complaints before culling animals, and whether it had conside...

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