February 9, 2018

Sarawakian Local Delights : Ikan labang

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Ikan Labang

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The head of Ikan Labang at Anding, Ulu Belaga.

Ikan Labang is a favoured fish from the Rajang river. In ordinary days about 30 years ago, the fish was easily hooked by any keen fisherman along the river from Sibu down to Binatang (now known as Bintangor). Fish in those days were often sold at 5 dollars per kati.

Today the best ikan labang is found in Kapit, according to a businessman. And the price has gone up to RM 70 per kg. 

Fish population in the Rajang has been reduced due to many reasons. One of them being the siltation of the river and pollution. The labang loves clean and pristine conditions. Nowadays the best ikan labang are caught between the Pelagus Rapids and Nanga Ibau. Some can be found in the Balleh River.

In order to support a good ecosystem, so that man can live well, to bring back a teeming fish population in our rivers, we have to maintain good practices. We have to save our environment!!

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