SOME 85 fishermen at
Kuala Tengah along the Jawi coastline have been hit by dwindling marine harvests due to
pollution brought on by the construction of the Second Penang Bridge.
The inshore fishermen, most of whom have been
operating along the Jawi River and the Penang Channel for generations, complained that large-scale
dredging activities for hundreds of piles along the seabed have caused significant depletion of
are up in arms over pollution brought about by the construction of the Second Penang
"So many fishes have disappeared over the last two
years," said Azman Ahmad, 43, head of the fishermen’s unit in the area.
"The dredging kicks up so much mud, causing the
water to become full of silt. Large amounts of these sediments have even washed up to the
The fishermen also claimed that deep underwater
piling for the bridge caused massive vibrations, some of which could be felt 10 km
"So many species have vanished. We are at a loss
over what to do as we have been plying our trade here for so many years," Azman
He said the fishermen, who are based at the
Changkat Jetty along the Jawi River, have sent an appeal to the government for help through the
Malaysian Fisheries Board, but has yet to receive any response.
"We are not against development, but are asking for
the government to look into our plight and give us fair compensation to help us deal with loss of
income," he said, adding the community had asked for bigger boats and nets so that they can foray
further into the sea where fishes can still be found.
Tan Yeow Kheng, 70, who has been fishing in the
area for the last 55 years, said the phenomenon of depleting marine species there only began over
the last two years.
"This place used to be rich will all sorts of
catches. We hope the authorities will be sensitive to our plight and render assistance to
He said the underground piling was so intense that
it drove high tsunami-like waves towards the shores. - theSun