Perak fish farm allegedly using pig flesh as feedstock ordered closed


PASIR SALAK: The operator of a freshwater fish farm which allegedly used pig carcasses to feed fish reared at a disused mining pond in Kuala Dipang, Kampar, has been ordered to cease operations.

Deputy Agriculture and Agro-Based Minister Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said he will be asking fishery officers to look into the matter without delay, and if true, the fish farm will be shut down for good and action taken against the operator.

"We do not know if the operator has sold fish to Muslims or whether the fish is being served to (Muslims). If the case is true and this has happened, it is bad for us," he said.

Tajuddin, who is also Pasir Salak member of Parliament, said this to reporters after launching a parenting programme organised by the Pasir Salak Community Development Department (Kemas) at the Kampung Gajah constituency here today.

The shocking case was uncovered on March 8, during an operation conducted by the Perak Religious Department (JAIPk), together with the state Department of Environment and Fisheries Department, as well as other agencies.

It is believed that the farm, where fish species like 'patin', 'rohu' and 'tilapia' are being reared, has been operating illegally for over five years. -- BERNAMA