Monthly Archives: June 2013

Pasar Bisik

Suddenly my scanner decided to operate so managed to scan some before it decided to fail me again

Pasar Bisk…… in malay or Whisper(ing) Market in English, are two fish markets on the banks of the Muda river on the border of Penang and Kedah. The one in Penang is reachable by public transport, as I saw a Rapid Penang bus plying the route, #603 if I am not mistaken, while the one in Kedah you do require your own transport as it is just a small fishing village.

IMG_0026This is how it works…….


1. The fishermen arrives on the riverbanks, either one of them or a friend on shore will bring the catch to the “market” and lay the catch on the floor.

2. The bidding starts with interested parties whispering the offered price to the fisherman/friend. Nobody actually knows what the others is bidding.

3. The fisherman decides who wins and transaction is done…… if he is not happy he may take the catch back to the boat and go to the other side of the river….. and if their collection is not enough, they may go back to sea.


As you can see, the catch sold is by the basket, if you feel it is too much, you may approach the fishermen directly with a plastic bag. I bought  a bag full which cost me RM8.00 or about USD2.60, and got about 5-6 kilogram of mackerel, which will usually get me a kilogram at the supermarket that we usually go.

And did I say, there is another one right across the river?………. let’s see if my scanner will give another good night tomorrow.


Kuala Muda, Kedah

Wanted to make the shots taken as s series, but my scanner is acting up again…….. only manage to scan 5 shots for the past 4/5 days………



Kuala Muda is located on the border of Penang and Kedah in Malaysia. There are two fishing villages, located on either side of the river banks. Famous for the Pasar Bisik or “Whispering Market”.

What is a “Whispering Market”? well, let’s hope I can get my scanning done before I continue………….