A video circulating on social media showing thousands of catfish (ikan keli) released into Sarawak River stirring lot of interest and controversies.

Some claimed it was part of a religious ceremony, clueless and resorted to condemning the act – as wasteful.

It was not known what actually transpired as we couldn’t contact the party involved.

However it is believed to be related to a Buddishts release animals (pdf)
custom or fang sheng.

In some Buddhism teaching an act of liberating animals whose destiny would otherwise involve a lifetime of captivity or worse — dinner plate – in the case of this catfish.

Setting animals free is considered an act of compassion that will be rewarded with good karma.