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Tuesday November 5, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday November 5, 2013 MYT 7:21:13 AM
by cheryl hew
A fish stall in Penang’s Chowrasta Market that closed early due to the low fish supply.
IPOH: Fish traders at the Gopeng and Gunung Rapat wet markets near here are keeping their fingers crossed that the fishermen in Manjung, along with others in Penang and Klang, will call off their strike tomorrow.
Only then will they know if the supply at the Ipoh wholesale market, from where they get their regular stock, will return to normal.
A worker at the Gunung Rapat market, who wanted to be known only as Roy, said the Ipoh wholesale market had closed for four days since Saturday for the Deepavali and Awal Muharram holidays.
“The fish being sold now are those we stocked up in anticipation of the closure,” he told The Star yesterday.
“Even though we heard of the fishermen’s strike, we have no idea if the supply at the wholesale market is affected – until it opens on Wednesday.”
Roy said most, if not all, traders at the Gunung Rapat wet market received their supply from the Ipoh wholesale market.
A trader from Gopeng, who went to get his stock on Monday in Teluk Intan, about 100km from here, noted that the supplies there seemed fewer than usual.
Feroz Hamdan said he usually got his from the Ipoh wholesale market, but his stock ran out when it closed.
“When I reached the Teluk Intan supplier some time after 4am, I noticed that there was a smaller number of supplies than normal.
“I do not know if it is due to the strike but I hope the supply at the wholesale market will not be affected,” he said.
Gopeng wet market fish trader Normah Adnan said she would not be affected as she still kept some stock.
Another in Gopeng, who gave his name only as Chan, said he heard that the Ipoh wholesale market was getting its supply from locations across the country and Thailand.
“If this is the case, our supply from the wholesale market will not be badly affected by the action of the protesting fishermen,” he said.
Trawler fishermen in Manjung, Klang and Penang began their strike on Friday to protest against new regulations that included a stipulation that their mesh size cannot be smaller than 38mm and a ban on foreign workers on fishing vessels.
The regulations were included in the Fisheries Act amendment in 1985 but enforced since Friday.
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