Diesel subsidies and the hike in petrol prices are the issues which help to increase the price of fish in Sarawak. I remember 20 years ago in Sibu ikan tenggiri (ma kah or Spanish Mackerel) cost only 3 ringgit a kilo. Now it can fetch up to 24 ringgit a kilo in Miri!! It is more or less the same in Sibu.
Doesn't the figure say a lot about inflation in Malaysia?
In Sibu we were quite at home with fishermen from all races going to sea in those days and boats would come in loaded (some overloaded) with fish of all kinds. Pomfrets (duai puteh) were the favoured fish.
So when I saw this fishing boat chugging up the Sarawak River at Pertanak Market recently I was filled with nostalgia....
I was not quick enough to capture many shots of it and I was photographing against the sun too. It was have been nice to have its movements from the beginning to the end when it disappeared at the corner.
What signals does it give to other fishermen? Where is the boat registered? Is it privately owned? How powerful is it? What are the safety measures taken? How many fishermen are on board?
Is it an A? or B? or C?