‘Climbing Perch’ In Plastic Bottles A Draw At Sri Aman Market

Customers usually buy the fish to cook and eat, but some simply want to keep them (in an aquarium)
Customers usually buy the fish to cook and eat, but here at Sri Aman, some simply want to keep them (in an aquarium).

SRI AMAN – The Sri Aman market known for its local farm produce is a usual stopover not only for residents in the area but also for ‘outsiders’.

Among the items that catches the eye is the climbing perch fish, locally known as ikan puyu, which are sold in plastic bottles.

Vegetable seller Siti Hosin, 50, from Kampung Hilir here, said she added the fish, acquired from nearby oil palm plantations, as part of her products, one year ago.

“The price of the fish-in-a-bottle is between RM5 and RM20, depending on size,” she said when met.

Siti acknowledged that the creative initiative had been good for her business.

“Customers usually buy the fish for food but some simply want to keep them (in an aquarium),” she said.

Siti also sells smoked fish and river snails or ‘tekoyong’ on the side.

“I sell the tekoyong at RM18 per kilogram and in conjunction with Pesta Benak, I have already stocked up almost 100kg,” she added.

Meanwhile, another trader, Nona Liew, 35, chooses to deal in smoked Tilapia.

“I charge RM50 a kilogram for smoked tilapia. I obtain my supply of the fish from Batang Ai about 90 kilometres from here,” said the retired soldier’s wife.