Malaysia stops exporting fish to Singapore, Thailand due to monsoon season, says minister

Anticipating a shortage during the monsoon season, Malaysia has stopped exporting fish such as cencaru, selar (pictured), selayang and kembung, to Singapore and Thailand, according to local reports. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Anticipating a shortage during the monsoon season, Malaysia has stopped exporting fish such as cencaru, selar (pictured), selayang and kembung, to Singapore and Thailand, according to local reports. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SHAH ALAM - Anticipating a shortage during the monsoon season, Malaysia has stopped exporting fish to Singapore and Thailand, according to local reports.

The move, which starts from this month, involves several types of fish, including cencaru, selar, selayang and kembung, Bernama reported Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob as saying.

"We have issued a directive that fish is not to be exported until the monsoon season is over to ensure adequate supply. The frozen fish programme of the Fisheries Development Authority and the National Fishermen's Association will also be activated if necessary," Bernama quoted him as saying in Shah Alam on Saturday.

Datuk Seri Ismail also denied that the recent landslides in Cameron Highlands had affected vegetable supply and costs. He said the area supplied just 15 per cent of what Malaysia needs, Bernama reported.