Call to ban ex­port of cer­tain types of fish

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - FRONT PAGE -

Sabah Umno Women chief Datuk Dr Jainab Ah­mad Ayid has urged the State Govern­ment to ban the ex­port of cer­tain types of fish from Sabah, so the State can con nue to be a seafood haven and keep the prices lower.

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno Women chief Datuk Dr Jainab Ah­mad Ayid has urged the State Govern­ment to ban the ex­port of cer­tain types of fish from Sabah, so the State can con­tinue to be a seafood heaven and keep the prices lower.

“We should keep Sabah a seafood haven for tourists and keep the prices lower for Saba­hans.”

“While I sup­port the State Govern­ment’s move to im­pose State Sales Tax on ex­ported seafood from Sabah, I also think that fish like Bawal, Teng­giri, Bawal Pu­tih and Ikan Merah should be banned from ex­port as Saba­hans con­sume these fish as their source of pro­tein,” she said.

“Saba­hans have al­ways eaten fish for their pro­tein in­put. If you look at our tra­di­tional foods such as Hi­nava, Salt Fish etc, our cul­tural back­ground will dis­ap­pear if none of these fish is un­avail­able.

“We have a right to our own fish,” she stressed.

“Al­though we should en­cour­age our busi­ness com­mu­nity, we must first keep our re­spon­si­bil­ity to the rakyat,” she said in a state­ment.

Jainab also dis­agreed with Yong’s claim that there was a sur­plus of seafood, hence the ex­ports.

“It was re­ported on Dec 2 this year that a United Na­tions re­port pub­lished in March this year ie 2018, that in 30 years all Com­mer­cial fish­ing could cease in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion if ex­ist­ing threats to re­gion’s bio­di­ver­sity are not acted upon.

“I feel this also in­cludes aqua­cul­ture farm­ing in man­grove for­est ar­eas which must be pro­tected,” she said.

Any new tax for ex­port can be chan­nelled into build­ing more ar­i­ti­fi­cial reefs and re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing the man­groves, Jainab said, adding, “our en­vi­ron­ment must be pro­tected at all cost.”

She was also sur­prised that Yong wanted to look North but “he didn’t raise the prob­lems re­gard­ing the claims of the Com­mu­nist China on our Sea”.

“Strange that he (Yong) is quiet on this,” she said.

The State Govern­ment will im­pose a 5% State Sales Tax on all seafood ex­ports with ef­fect from Jan 1, 2019, as part of its ef­fort to over­come the lo­cal short­age of seafood prod­ucts and to make Sabah a seafood haven for both lo­cal and for­eign tourists.

Jainab

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