I felt sad when I read the news about what happened at Langkawi Underwater World where almost 600 species of fish died from poisoning. The 600 fishes died en masse just before closing time at 6.40pm on Monday. Among the valuable fish that died were sharks including the white tip, black tip, leopard and nurse, and variety of stingrays including the rare cownose ray. I went there once back in 2004 and the place is one of the must visit attraction in Langkawi. This incident will definitely affected Langkawi’s highly-valued tourism product.

Police said they did not rule out sabotage as the main motive of the incident. But why sabotage? Do Langkawi Underwater World has any competitor over there? It will remain as mystery until the police resolve this case. I hope the culprits will be brought forward and be charged for their unnecessary action which caused Langkawi Underwater World to close for a few days.

600 deaths still a fishy case

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LANGKAWI: The fish poisoning case at the Underwater World Langkawi still remains a mystery.

Langkawi OCPD Supt Mohd Ali Jamaludin said the poisoning that killed 600 fishes on Monday was executed in a well-planned manner.

Despite the RM10,000 reward for information, people are still keeping mum.

“We hope those with information will help us out so that we can gather evidence,” he said.

“Those involved in the poisoning have obviously made the preparation for some time before finally executing their plan on Monday,” he said in an interview.

Life goes on as usual for more than 3,000 marine and terrestrial creatures at UWL.

Some of the Rockhopper penguins were busy nursing their recently hatched chicks.

The marine creatures continue their antics as visitors peer through the aquaria to watch them.

UWL had engaged taxidermist Joseph Tan to preserve the carcasses of 10 big-sized fish, including nurse shark and leopard shark.

UWL senior curator Tan Ean Kok said the more than 80 tonnes of water in the aquariums where the fish were found dead had yet to be drained.

“The DOE (Department of Environment) will advice us on how and when to dispose the affected water.

By SIRA HABIBU – TheStar Online



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