Yes, we can get all the fish we want to eat just by visiting our RUMAH IKAN.
Attending the BIMP-EAGA meetings is all about listening, provoking for ideas and networking. As I have done much talking and making friends, I have been approached many times by the fishery authorities of the Philippines to share knowledge on fish breedings. They have many fish technologists and many are just too eager to serve in Sabah being next closest to their homeland.
The Philippines has no worry or fear about competition. They believe in restructuring all areas within the Sulu Sea enclave as centres for fish exporting region. It would be in their interest to see that we also take the lead and together we can induce the much needed quantum for realistic exports. So far the quantum has been sporadic.
Lobsters, garoupa, sea cucumber and the ikan selunsung are all the high valued varieties that can be bred on a wide scale and all designed to reduce extensive or overfishing and trawling of our shallow waters. Our BEBC V. Chairman of Sandakan is already taking the lead and he is now practicing in Lahad Datu.
But we are not talking about domestic sale. We are talking about exporting of live fish to Hong Kong for ultimate redistribution to China. I am not going to touch on the logistic technicalities as they are my preview. We are hoping that EPU will take the prime lead to identify a GLC to provide the working capital and a very keen partner to do all the actual workings. There are plenty of highly keen entrepreneurs who just do not have enough to go on a big scale and presently waiting for this chance to be called up.
We know the government are also on to this project and we hope to expand further. We have to be big because it has better chance of survival against business trivial matters.
You ask us for projects and we give this project that is fail-proof. Just give us the green light and we will initiate a project study.
Datuk Roselan J. M.
The Chairman – BEBC