KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Marine Police together with State Fishery Department are checking wet markets statewide for bombed fish in the first such concerted action following the deaths of two tourists and a dive instructor in Semporna last week due to fish bombing.
Sabah Regional 4 Marine Police Commander ACP Mohamad Pajeri Ali said the operation would focus on uspected traders so as to cut off the supply as well as demand for such fish here and near the Safma fish market.
“We also believe that if we could detect and stop those involved in selling and meeting the demand for such fish, the individuals who are carrying out the fish bombing activities will not find a ready market and eventually the illegal activity could be curbed.
“Throughout our operation codenamed ‘Operasi Intra Agensi’ at the Safma Fish Market here at 12.30am on Wednesday, 21 tables of the fish traders were thoroughly checked by 13 Fisheries officers to identify fish sourced from fish bombing that are being put out for sale,” he said on Wednesday.
Mohamad Pajeri also called on fish sellers to carry out their business honestly and know the source of their fish so that public enjoy fresh and uncontaminated fish.
Anyone with information on fish bombing activities and sale of the fish bombs are urged to channel the information to nearest police station.
Meanwhile, the post mortem done on the two Chinese tourists and a dive instructor in the wee hours on Wednesday showed they succumbed to injuries that were consistent with blast injuries.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah, who disclosed this, said based on the findings there were light injuries on the outside but serious injuries inside.
“I was told by the Semporna Police Chief that the post mortem on the bodies were done almost at 5am on July 10 (Wednesday). I will not go into details about the results but only give general information.
“The three bodies have similar injuries as were found in the autopsies such as cracked injuries found on the three skulls with broken ribs and bleeding in their lungs. Apart from these, there was internal bleeding in the chest cavity and tear on the major blood vessel (aorta) as well as bleeding in the abdomen,” he said.
Omar said this after officiating a mega gotong-royong programme held at the Sabah Contingent Police (IPK) in Kapayan, Wednesday.
More than 400 police officers and personnel as well as staff from the Health Department, State Fire and Rescue Department and City Hall took part.
To a question, Omar said there is no latest development on the on-going probe under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder on the deaths believed from fish bombing activities at Kulapuan Island off Semporna waters between 2.30pm and 3.30pm on July 5.
The paper reported on Sunday that the deceased have been identified as IMM13 holder cum diver instructor Abdul Zainal Abdun, 30, and the Chinese nationals Zhao Zheng and Xu Yingjie, both 26.
It was also reported that the police do not rule out possibility of murder and would investigate all angles.
On the Mega Gotong-Royong program, Omar said the objective is not only so that the Sabah Contingent Police looks clean but eradicate aedes mosquitoes that cause dengue.
Participants were divided to do the cleaning up not only in their respective departments in IPK but also in other areas within IPK. He hoped the gotong-royong programme would be continued and carried out regularly for cleanliness purposes.