The Perak Department of Fisheries held a luncheon at Kinta Riverfront Hotel Ipoh, to celebrate Hari Raya and to reward staff for their services. Present at the function were the Director-General of the Department of Fisheries Malaysia, Dato’ Ahamad Sabki bin Mohmood, Director of the Perak Department of Fisheries, Dr Bah Piyan Tan and the head of the Perak Fisheries Development and Technology Transfer Centre, Ridhuan Ramli.
Dr Bah Piyan, in his opening remarks, welcomed guests and staff to the luncheon. He thanked Dato’ Ahamad for taking time off to be with them on the auspicious occasion. “We wish to thank Dato’ Ahamad for his contributions to the fisheries industry of Malaysia. Without his expertise and efforts, we would not be able to develop with ease. The Perak chapter wishes to extend its sincere gratitude to him,” Bah remarked.
The award-giving ceremony followed soon. Department staff who had excelled in their work and those who had served the department 30 years and above were duly rewarded with plaques and certificates.
During the press conference, held prior to the luncheon, Dato’ Ahamad alluded to issues affecting the department. Of significance was the ban on the exportation of ornamental fishes, such as Koi and goldfish, to European Union markets and good aquaculture practices that should be developed and maintained.
“Department of Fisheries Malaysia is taking measures to ensure that good aquaculture is practised to guarantee quality fishes for the table. We’ll conduct spot checks on fishes destined for EU markets to ensure that they meet existing standards, as the European Union countries are our biggest customers,” he said.