His passion for superior-quality koi fish led Mohd Zulkifli Husin to spend all the money he earned from a land sale to buy the carp worth RM300,000 each.
The Sakai Kohaku type that the 46-year-old bought from Japan is the best breed that often comes out on top in international competitions.
Zulkifli, who is also known as Usop Cerek, from Kampung Gong Pauh here in Terengganu, told that he is a hardcore fan of koi and has been involved in its breeding since 2015.
“I sold my land just to buy the first-rate quality Sakai Kohaku koi.
“The fish is still at a koi farm in Japan and I have been getting offers from koi enthusiasts to buy it with the latest offer at RM450,000.
“I am not ready to sell it because the market price for this koi breed can reach up to RM600,000 each.”
He also said he had no intention of bringing his prized koi to Malaysia because he wanted to enter it in competitions in Japan.
“If I bring it home, the fish price and exclusivity value will drop, and it will be tough to find buyers who are ‘brave’ enough to buy it at market price.
“I may be able to sell it at a high price in Japan since koi enthusiasts from all over the world are concentrated there.”
Zulkifli said he had about 40 koi fish of various breeds in his house pond, including Omosako Shiro Utsuri, Doitsu Showa, Benikiko, Sanke Sakai, Dainichi Showa and Momotaro Kohaku, all worth more than RM500,000.
“The koi I have now in the house pond is worth between RM20,000 and 60,000 each. I spent about RM2,000 a month on fish feed and vitamins.”