Empurau worth RM40,000 stolen from Sarawak agriculture fest

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KUCHING, Nov 23: Ten Empurau fish worth RM40,000 were found missing from an exhibition booth at the Sarawak AgroFest 2019 here today.

The fish were discovered missing by staff at around 8.15am, and believed to be stolen when the festival was closed for the night.

Initially, 11 of the prized fish were showcased to the public at the agriculture festival held at Stadium Negeri’s Celebration Square.

Kuching District police chief, ACP Awang Din Awang Gani, confirmed that a police report has been made by the director of the company who owned the fish.

“The case will be investigated under Section 380 of the Penal Code for theft,” he said in a statement.

Some 300 exhibitors from across the country are taking part at the agriculture festival from Nov 11 till Dec 1.

Empurau, a fish native in Borneo, is considered the most expensive freshwater fish in the country. The usual selling price for Empurau fish can exceed RM500 per kilogramme. — DayakDaily