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What? Our Beloved Ramly Burger Is Banned in Singapore?

What? Our Beloved Ramly Burger Is Banned in Singapore?

Other Ramly products are still available though.

Maya Suraya

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Recently, we shared a giggle with our neighbours in Singapore over an incident where a Malaysian was shocked to see the Maggie goreng he had ordered from a stall in Singapore look completely different from how it usually looks in Malaysia.

That’s one case of many “same-same” name but different products.

But what if one of our comfort foods is not even available there? Like the Ramly burger!

That’s right folks, our beloved Ramly burger is not allowed in Singapore!

In a post shared today on Facebook page Malaysia-Singapore Border Crossers (MSBC), user Shagerl Sayonara posted photos of what appears to be confiscated Ramly burger patties which were then thrown in the rubbish.

(Source: MSBC / Facebook)

The accompanying caption translates to:

These people are still stubborn. It is already said that banned items can’t be brought in to Singapore, but they still want to bring it. It feels good huh getting money by selling rare stuff? Since so many people already don’t want to sell it, the minorities that want to “gamble” (take the risk) are happy. When this happens are you happy?

One of the pictures, which appears to be a screen capture from someone else’s Facebook story, has a caption which translated from Malay to “”we already said that ‘ramlee’ meat is not allowed but they still bring. Because of one person, things become delayed

Though the original source of the photo is unknown, it did bring to light that the most comforting of comfort food available in Malaysia is not allowed in Singapore.

But, Why?

This comment on the thread may provide some intel.

In short, not all Ramly products are banned from being sold in Singapore. There are products that are allowed and it’s just the beef burger patties that are prohibited.

Why? Because it is reported they did not apply for a license from the Singapore authorities to distribute their products.

In addition to not having a license, Ramly’s beef supply is purportedly from India and the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) does not recognise beef imports from India.  

Further digging took us to a post on HungryGoWhere which confirmed the above.

However, although Ramly’s burger patty may be illegal in Singapore, the unique preparation style we all know and love is still available from Singapore’s burger flippers even if they aren’t using “authentic” ingredients.


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