The Siamese fighting fish competition, the highlight of the recent Aqua Matrix Programme 2014, was recognised as the competition with the largest number of entries ever by the Malaysian Book of Records. The number stood at 1002, surpassing the previous record of 900.

The Aqua Matrix Programme 2014 was a joint effort by the Department of Fisheries Perak and Ipoh-based Pretty Aquatics and Pets Company. It was held at the courtyard of the Aeon Ipoh Store (formerly Jusco), Kinta City Ipoh from September 12 to 14.

Executive Councillor for Tourism and Culture, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Dato’ Mohd Radzi, in her opening remarks thanked those involved in the ornamental fish industry for their efforts in augmenting Perak’s economy.

“We suffered a 52-percent drop in ornamental fish exports between 2012 and 2013 due to the ban by EU on the exportation of gold and Koi fish. The ban had affected the state’s economy to a degree. I believe this programme can provide alternatives and opportunities to all parties involved in the industry,” she remarked.

The state, said Nolee, had been supportive of measures taken to boost the fishing industry and reaffirmed her commitment to make the Aqua Matrix Programme an annual affair befitting its stature as the premier ornamental fish exhibition in the state.

Present at the opening ceremony on Saturday, September 13, were the Director of the Department of Fisheries Perak, Dr Bah Piyan Tan and Dr Marzuki Hashim, Director of Aquaculture Development with the Ministry of Fisheries Malaysia. 

Luqman