Wednesday September 26, 2007
By SIRA HABIBU
LANGKAWI: In what is believed to be an inside job, Langkawi Underwater World has offered a RM10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for poisoning about 600 fish.
Langkawi OCPD Supt Mohd Ali Jamaludin urged those with information to assist the police to bring the culprits to book as soon as possible.
“We believe the poisoning was done by insiders. It was well planned.
“We suspect two or more people were involved,” he said, adding that the crime had affected Langkawi’s highly-valued tourism product.
It was reported that about 600 fish worth hundreds of thousands of ringgit were found dead in two large tanks and five smaller tanks of the old wing of UWL 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.
“The fish started dying en masse at about 6.40pm just as the lights were switched off,” he said when contacted on Wednesday.
Police have ruled out outsiders’ involvement because the inlets to the tanks were accessible only to UWL staff.
Supt Mohd Ali also noted several weaknesses in the security system at the old wing including absence of CCTV and free accessibility to all personnel.
He said police had taken water and carcass samples for analysis and the results would be known within a week.
“The chemical used could be petroleum,” he said.
The case is being investigated under Section 429 of the Penal Code for treason. If found guilty the offender is liable to a minimum fine of RM25,000 and or jailed up to five years.