Malaysia: Johor to control export of five types of fish

YEE XIANG YUN The Star 1 Feb 15;

JOHOR BARU: The state will be restricting the export of five types of fish, especially to Singapore, in view of the coming Chinese New Year celebration.

This was to ensure that there was sufficient supply of cencaru (torpedo scad), selar (yellowtail scad), kembong (short mackerel), pelaling (Indian mackerel) and selayang (round scad) in Johor, said state Johor Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries exco Ismail Mohamed.

“We also want to be sure that the price of the controlled items will not go up as a result of a low supply during the festive season,” he said after attending the state-level celebration of Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority’s (Fama) 30th anniversary at the Larkin pasar tani here yesterday.

He said they would be working with the Immigration Department on the matter to ensure that enforcement would be carried out at the checkpoints, adding that other fresh produce was sufficient to meet demands during the festive season.

On another matter, Ismail said the state was planning to build a RM2.5mil permanent market to provide a better trading environment for traders and customers.

The permanent pasar tani – the fourth nationwide and the second in the state – would house traders from the Larkin pasar tani when it opens by the end of next year at an area opposite the state Fama building along Jalan Taruka, Kawasan Perindustrian Larkin.