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Fish prices up due to bad weather

Posted: 04 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

ALOR SETAR: The supply of fish, especially ikan kembung, has dwindled in the past few weeks because fishermen have been forced to stay ashore due to strong winds and rough seas.

Fishmonger R. Mahadevan, 38, said the wholesale price of ikan kembung had increased from between RM3 and RM6 per kilo to between RM7 and RM9 per kilo.

"I have no choice but to sell them at the retail price of RM12 per kilo.

"The weather is preventing small fishing boats from going out," he said at the Market Besar PJ II in Jitra yesterday.

Mahadevan, who has been selling fish for the past 10 years, said dozens of fishmongers had been forced to close their stalls due to the shortage.

Fishmonger R. Mahadevan,38,  of Taman Chempaka, Jitra, Kedah placed  the RM6 / per kilogramme old price tag  and  the new price tag of  RM12 / per kilogramme  of ikna kembung near his ikan kembung during an interview with him at Market Besar PJ II in Jitra, Kedah yesterday.(Captioned by writer and photographer G.C.TAN / THE STAR -3rd January 2014) 

Mahadevan comparing the old price of fish per kilo with the current price at the market in Jitra, Kedah.

"Previously, I could easily get 300kg of ikan kembung daily at the wholesale market here.

"Now, I only manage to get about 150kg at a wholesale price of RM7 per kilo.

"Fish from Kuala Perlis and Kuala Kedah are also selling at RM12 per kilo," he said, adding that the price hike could continue until after Chinese New Year.

Another fishmonger Saiful Rizal Nordin, 25, said he could usually get 300kg of ikan kembung from his wholesaler in Kuala Kedah.

"I will be there as early as 4am to bid for the fishes but on Friday, I only managed to get 90kg.


From left are Suhaimi and Saiful.

"Previously, the price of small ikan kembung was between RM3 and RM4 per kilo but now, it has increased to RM7. The big ones now cost RM9 per kilo.

"A few weeks ago, I could buy two barrels of fish for RM1,000. Now, I can only buy a barrel," he said, adding that a barrel contains some 120kg of fish.

"A barrel of small ikan kembung used to cost about RM480. Now, it's selling at RM840."

Fishmonger Suhaimi Kamaruddin, 50, said he was not sure of the reason behind the price hike.

"On a normal day, I could sell the fish at RM9 or RM10 per kilo.

"However, this morning I had to sell the fish at RM12 per kilo," he said.

Search goes on for boy who fell in drain

Posted: 04 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

PETALING JAYA: The search for an 11-year-old boy feared drowned in Cheras continues as the district Fire and Rescue station beefs up efforts to track him down.

District station chief Safiq Noor said there were new leads as to where the boy, Salman Mokhtar, could be found.

"We have received a report from a witness who saw him in a river in the nearby town of Sungai Chua in Kajang," he said.

Safiq said based on this information, the district station had set up a control centre at Universiti Kebang­saan Malaysia and would concentrate its efforts in Sungai Langat.

However, he said it could only continue its search today as river currents were particularly strong the night before.

It is learnt that additional manpower would be recruited from nearby fire and rescue departments to assist in the rescue mission.

Salman was reportedly crossing a small drain along Jalan Suasana 2/7 in Bandar Tun Hussein Onn at 4.30pm on Friday when he slipped and fell into it.

Rescuers from the Kajang fire station were the first to respond following an emergency call at 4.45pm.

He was presumed to have been washed away and rescuers have been combing the drainage system to find him.

68-year-old held for raping teen girl

Posted: 04 Jan 2014 08:00 AM PST

KUALA LUMPUR: She had been living in a silent hell for four years due to being repeatedly raped by the very man who was supposed to raise and protect her.

Hours after she was raped again by her stepgrandfather on Friday morning, an alert relative noticed that something was disturbing the girl. After some coaxing, the teen revealed everything.

The teenager was later accompanied by the relative to the Kajang police station where the 15-year-old lodged a report.

The 68-year-old suspect was arrested the same day at his house in Sungai Chua and is being remanded for seven days by the police.

Kajang OCPD ACP Abdul Rashid Abdul Wahab explained that the girl and her two brothers (aged seven and 11) were orphans.

"The girl's father passed away when she was just four and her mother remarried, after which they moved in with the man's family.

"Then the girl's mother passed away two years ago due to an illness, so the girl and her brothers were left in the care of their stepgrandparents," he said.

ACP Abdul Rashid said the suspect would wait until he was alone at home with the teenager.

"He would lock himself and the girl inside her room and would rape her. The girl never said anything to her family, friends or teachers because he was the one taking care of her and she had nowhere else to go," he said, adding that the victim and her stepgrandmother sold keropok nearby for a living.

He said police would be recording statements from the victim's brothers, stepmother and stepgrandmother.

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