Disappearing beaches of Kuala Muda
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.