Dis­ap­pear­ing beaches of Kuala Muda

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA MUDA: The shore­line of Kuala Muda is fast dis­ap­pear­ing and with it, the area’s pop­u­lar pic­nic sites.

Fish­er­men near the pop­u­lar “Pasar Bisik” think its a unique phe­nom­e­non as it is hap­pen­ing only at Kuala Muda which is lo­cated along the Pe­nang-Kedah bor­der.

Fish­er­man Daud Karim, 75, said he no­ticed two months ago the beach was slowly dis­ap­pear­ing and at­trib­uted it to strong cur­rents dur­ing the tran­si­tion pe­riod of the mon­soon sea­son in late July.

“I be­lieve it is due to the strong cur­rents and it hap­pens once in seven years,” he said, ad­ding that he has been a fish­er­man since he was a boy and is con­cerned with the phe­nom­e­non.

“In less than two months, the beach has van­ished and who knows what will hap­pen next,” he said.

An­other fish­er­man, Ro­haizad Ah­mad, 37, hopes the au­thor­i­ties will do some­thing to over­come the ero­sion, which some claim could be due to land recla­ma­tion works.

He sug­gested mea­sures to pre­vent the sand mi­gra­tion in the area.

He called for jet­ties to be built to help fish­er­men to dock their boats should the beach near the mar­ket dis­ap­pear com­pletely.

A source told theSun the beach used to be about 50 to 80m wide.

Visi­tor Mohd Ridzuan Azmi, 37, said he was shocked to see the beach gone as it used to be their pic­nic spot.

Se­berang Prai Fish­er­men As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Ma­hadi Mohd Rodzi urged fish­er­men to dock their boats at a des­ig­nated area a few me­tres from the mar­ket. – by Im­ran Hilmy

Mohd Ridzuan and his daugh­ter at the spot where they used to have pic­nics.

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