Used marine oil behind beach pollution
KUALA TERENGGANU: Irresponsible dumping of used marine oil by an unidentified vessel has been blamed for the beach pollution at Pulau Redang.
Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said Redang Lagoon, Redang Bay and Redang Pelangi chalet operators had complained to the authorities of the oil pollution at Pasir Panjang (or Long Beach) at 5pm on Sunday. The sludge had turned the pristine beach black.
“We discovered that an irresponsible party had dumped a plastic bag containing 25 litres of used marine oil into waters off the island, which then drifted onto the beach and polluted 300m of the beachfront.
“Resort operators, divers and tourists helped clean up the beach using a case machine and plastic bags to remove polluted sand to a nearby dumping ground. The process took less than two hours,” said Razif.
He said the pollution was not that bad but was, nevertheless, a serious matter as it had affected marine life, caused environmental pollution and threatened tourism at Terengganu’s idyllic islands, one of the state’s main revenue generators.
Razif said the authorities, including the Marine Parks Department and Fisheries Department, would monitor the situation to ensure the beaches of its five main islands — Pulau Redang, Pulau Perhentian Besar, Pulau Perhentian Kecil, Pulau Lang Tenah and Pulau Kapas — were not tainted.
Environment lovers said pollution from oil spills could have adverse effects on marine life, other wildlife and beach-goers.
A large plastic bag containing used marine oil that was found on Pulau Redang beach in Terengganu.