Controversial fish container ruling has caused the shortage of fish which result in rising of prices. After checking the facts at several wet markets in Kuala Lumpur it showed that prices of fish had shot up by up to 30 percent. The Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM) now requires local distributors and wholesalers to use insulated fish containers from only one supplier.
It is informed that the ruling, which came into effect last week, has been criticised by the distributors and wholesalers. Figures at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) and PJ Old Town wet markets showed that fish prices had shot up, with some stalls even having to close due to a lack of supply. Fish traders at both markets complained that business had also suffered because of the protest by distributors and wholesalers, who had refused to comply with the ruling.
Local fishermen said that they have had no supply of imported fish at all since Thursday. Even local fish supply is limited and there is not enough fish to sell. Their daily income also went down drastically. Fishmonger Jeffrey Tan, 30, who trades in the TTDI market, said the new ruling and protests would only affect consumers.