Community Empower Program for Inland Fishermen Communities: Meeting with Koperasi Nelayan

The Movement Control Order (MCO) has brought severe social impacts to the society, especially to the B40 groups.

Do you know that fishermen are traditionally amongst the poorest in B40 communities in Malaysia? According to a study conducted by the Department of Fisheries Malaysia, there are over 100,000 registered fishermen and 70% of them earn about RM1,500 per month.

Supported by Yayasan Hasanah and Kementerian Kewangan Malaysia under Hasanah Special Grant (HGS) 2020, we are currently working on improving the livelihood of inland fishing communities by implementing the Community Empowerment Program.

In the previous week, we have visited Jeti Nelayan Pengkalan Machang, Sungai Dua and participated in the program Volunsharing Agro Tourism and River Cruise at Agrotourism Tasek Gelugor. During the informal interview session, we introduced the project to the local Koperasi Nelayan and shared a discussion on the current issues.

Through mutual communications, we got to identify the challenges faced by the fishermen and will be able to offer solutions that practically respond to their needs. This initial meeting marks the start of the collaboration between Water Watch Penang and the local fishermen communities along Perai River.

We would like to thank Yayasan Hasanah and Ministry of Finance Malaysia for supporting this project to enhance and diversify the livelihood of fishermen in Malaysia, freeing more of them from the B40 segment.