PASIR SALAK, March 14 — The operator of a freshwater fish farm who 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 would be asking fishery officers to look into the matter without delay, and if true, the fish farm would 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 us (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, told 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 matter was uncovered in an operation conducted by the Perak Religious Department (JAIPk) together with the state Department of Environment and Fisheries Department as well as other agencies on March 8.
It is believed that the farm where species like ‘patin’, ‘rohu’ and ‘tilapia’ were reared had been operating illegally for over five years. — Bernama