Fishermen haul in giant ‘malang bilis’ fish weighing 65kg from Upper Batang Lupar

Composite photo shows the fishermen with the giant fish hauled in from their fishing trip in Batang Lupar on April 30, 2024. Photo credit: Pejabat Penerangan Daerah Sri Aman Facebook page

By DayakDaily Team

SRI AMAN, April 30: Three fishermen from Lemanak Fishermen Committee of Kampung Tengah here made an extraordinary catch this morning, hauling in a man-size fish, known locally as “malang bilis”, weighing an impressive 65 kilogrammes from the Upper Batang Lupar.

In a post shared by Sri Aman District Information Department, the fishermen, identified as Yaakub, Abdullah and Hussin Sedon, expressed their astonishment over the bountiful catch.


“We are thankful to Allah for blessing us with the catch,” said the trio when met.

Yaakub recounted the thrilling moment when he discovered the hefty catch ensnared in their net during their fishing expedition.

“I felt something heavy when I tried to pull in the net we installed and spotted the large yellowish fish trapped inside,” he said.

One of the fishermen posing with the giant fish after landing the catch in their boat. Photo credit: Pejabat Penerangan Daerah Sri Aman Facebook

Wrestling with the sheer weight and resistance of the river giant, Yaakub explained that it took combined effort to bring it aboard their boat.

“After a strenuous half-hour struggle, we successfully subdued the fish. I used up all my strength,” he added.

The prized catch was later sold at RM50 per kilogramme.

Beyond the financial gain, the trio acknowledged that it was an enriching experience thus far being part of the Lemanak Fishermen Committee.

The fishermen weighing the giant ‘malang bilis’ fish in Sri Aman on April 30, 2024.

Batang Lupar, renowned for its diverse habitat, serves as a significant revenue source for fishermen that sustain local livelihoods.

The upstream of Batang Lupar starts from Batang Ai, which is the home to Sarawak’s first hydroelectric dam. The river meanders through countless villages, longhouses, towns, and cities before culminating downstream in Sebuyau. Spanning 131 kilometres, it ranks as Sarawak’s third longest river, celebrated for its expansive and distinctive habitats that provide ample sustenance for local fishermen. — DayakDaily