Malaysian fishmonger has social media hooked

Known as PP or Maiyumeipp (fishmonger girl), Oh Puey Ping is making waves on social media with her insightful videos.


November 2, 2022

GEORGE TOWN – She’s a mass communications graduate but helps her father sell fish at a wet market here – yet her education is not going to waste.

Oh Puey Ping, 28, is making waves on social media with her insightful videos and snippets of her daily life. And she has got her followers hooked.

Her videos have garnered over 200,000 views with over 100,000 followers, even reaching a million for her fun cooking videos.

Oh, who is known as PP or Maiyumeipp (fishmonger girl), starts her day as early as 5.30am when she leaves her house to set up stall with her father at the Taman Sahabat market in Teluk Kumbar.

In the afternoons, though, she becomes a different kettle of fish. She turns content creator.

Her love for making videos began at a young age.

“I used to document holidays and trips that we took as a family as a keepsake. This progressed into random content and during pre-pandemic times, I decided to make some videos and post them on social media.

“During the movement control order, my cousin helped me make more content and I started uploading them more often.

“It did not matter if people saw the video; I just enjoyed making content, which included featuring kampung recipes.

“Then I noticed the viewership increasing. My cousin helps me film while I do the edits before uploading the videos,” she said when met at her home in Teluk Kumbar.

Oh said that she wants people to know that despite being a fishmonger, she is like any other girl who likes dressing up, fashion, working out and exploring new places.

“Sometimes people think that we are working in the wet market and therefore don’t enjoy the finer things in life.

“This is why I make videos which show me cutting fish and then I transition into something fancier like wearing a gown,” she added.

Oh said she makes videos to teach people recipes as well.

“Some have reached out to me to thank me as these are recipes they remember as children but never learnt to make, such as local kampung dishes like acar ikan (pickled fish).

“I never thought it would make people happy,” she added.

“If I have time, I would like to visit other countries near the ocean and try their seafood to see if it is different.

“I would also like to visit different places in Malaysia to make content on local food and different cuisines,” she said.

Oh, who was just two years old when her parents started selling fish in 1996, said she and her siblings were also taught how to scale and gut a fish.

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