GEORGETOWN, Jul 30 – Penang Statement Government had made the first move to say no to shark’s fin soup which was in support by the international save the sharks campaign. Penang was also the first state administration in the country to banned shark’s fin soup to served in Penang State functions.
State Environment, Welfare and Caring Society Committee chairman Phee Boon Poh said that the state wanted to protect the shark populations which were under pressure in the seas. So, we have move to ban the serving and consumption of the perceived delicacy at its events.
He said that it was to raise awareness among government staff and the public of the cruelty of killing sharks for their fins which the fishermen cut the fins off sharks before releasing the fish back to the sea. The shark that without its fins would die slowly and painfully.
“Malaysia had imported almost 1,900 metric tonnes of shark-related products which worth RM19.5 million since in 2012. If Malaysians can reduce the consumption of this products, the demand also will be decreased as well,” he added in a press conference today.
Lastly, there were also attended by the representatives of organisations of Penang Real Estate Housing Developers Association (Rehda), the Penang Chinese Town Hall (PCTH) and the Penang Master Builders and Building Materials Dealers Association who have also pledged not to serve shark fin dishes during their functions.