PEKAN, Oct 25 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is into fish breeding. The deputy prime minister is breeding catfish to set an example for the people to diversify economic activities in the face of the global financial crisis.
He said today he had released 14,000 catfish fry into eight tanks in the compound of his residence here.
"Anyone who owns land should not sell the property but utilise it for some agriculture and aquaculture activity to generate income," he said at the Aidilfitri reception of the Pekan Area Farmers Organisation, here.
Najib advised the people to diversify economic activities, especially in the agriculture and aquaculture sectors, to ensure a more secure future for themselves.
He said that in this way they could increase their income, help reduce inflation and become less dependent on only one source of income.
Najib said the government's strategy of diversifying economic activities was seen as capable of lessening the impact of the global financial crisis on the country.
"God willing, we will not face any problem this year and will be able to achieve an economic growth of five per cent," he said.