BUKIT MERTAJAM: Catfish by the hundreds poured out of a clogged underground drain at the market here when local council workers flushed it with a high-pressure spray.
Bystanders, initially shocked by the fish rushing out, quickly grabbed baskets to trap them, delighted with the prospect of free fish.
Market traders called Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) earlier yesterday to report the clogged drain.
A 29-second video showing people collecting the fish – each measuring more than 30cm long – has since gone viral on social media.
MPSP president Datuk Rozali Mohamud said during the incident on Wednesday, the fish were believed to have escaped from fishmonger stalls and found their way into the drain.
Catfish, kept in large pails, are usually sold live in local markets. The hardy fish can survive for a long time out of the water.
“The public, including Nepalese workers at the scene, were so quick to grab baskets to catch the fish coming out,” Rozali said.