Recla­ma­tion af­fects Pe­nang fish­er­men

New Straits Times - - News -

GE­ORGE TOWN: The liveli­hood of fish­er­men at Tan­jung Tokong is in jeop­ardy as small boats’ ac­cess to the sea has been barred due to recla­ma­tion work off the coast.

Abul Rahim Jain­ud­din, 34, said most of the fish­er­men had been grounded over the past few weeks as big ships in­volved in the recla­ma­tion work were block­ing their way.

“The ships and recla­ma­tion work equip­ment are set up near where we used to fish.

“We have to make a big de­tour to reach fur­ther into the sea to fish, but our smaller boats are not ca­pa­ble of mak­ing the trip,” he said, when met at Per­siaran Gur­ney here yes­ter­day.

Rahim said he had been forced to leave his boat at home and of­fer his ser­vices as a sea­soned crew mem­ber to other fish­er­men to make ends meet.

“Since we can­not take our boats out to sea, a few of the fish­er­men have no choice but to be­come crew mem­bers for other fish­ing boats for very low wages,” he said.

Checks by the New Straits Times found that there were many boats and other equip­ment vis­i­ble in wa­ters up to the spot where the recla­ma­tion work is be­ing car­ried out.

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