Fish farm in Malaysia suspected of using animal carcasses as feed raided

Fish farm in Malaysia suspected of using animal carcasses as feed raided

MALAYSIA - Authorities raided a fish farm in Rasa, Batang Kali, following a tip-off that it was employing illegals and feeding animal carcasses, including those of pigs, to the livestock, reported Berita Harian.

The 4pm raid on Monday was carried out jointly by officers from the Immigration Department and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

The tip-off had alleged that the owner of the farm, breeding patin and keli, had paid off the authorities to allow it to employ illegal workers and feed carcasses to the livestock.

Putrajaya Immigration Department deputy assistant director Hazizan Abdullah said the claim that the fish had been fed pig carcasses could not be confirmed.

"The owner claimed that the fish was fed chicken stomach, which has been blended together," said Hazizan, adding that the 38-year-old owner was detained along with eight Indonesian workers.

"Four of the workers had overstayed, three do not possess valid documents while one is on a visitor's pass," he said.

The daily also reported that a visit to the farm, located inside a palm oil plantation near Kuala Kubu Baru, revealed chicken heads and animal bones littered around the fish pond.

The owner had asked the authorities to allow him to deliver a 500kg order of keli to the Selayang Market before being detained.

The farm was said to have been in operation for five years.

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