Another reason why we should not carry out the Penang South Reclamation.
The southern waters of Penang Island are rich in seafood, including ikan kembung (Indian mackerel, also known as ikan rakyat or the people’s fish). This is one of the most affordable fish species (protein source) in Malaysia, and now very much in demand.
Times are so bad that people are even stealing ikan kembung and vegetables from hypermarkets. “It’s so sad,” the Mydin boss says.
What will happen to the price of ikan kembung if reclamation destroys these fishing waters?
Times are bad, and we should be boosting our food security now instead of eroding it. It is about time we respect and protect the livelihoods of our fisherfolk and farmers.