Starchild: Malaysian children enjoy having fun on the beach

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Malaysia has some great beaches. Whether it's at Port Dickson, Pangkor Island, Redang Island, Tioman Island, Penang, Kota Kinabalu or Langkawi – we are spoilt for choice.Our sandy beaches seem to be where most Starchild readers want to go for their holidays. Top on their lists are the beaches in Penang and Teluk Chempedak and Cherating in Pahang.

Judging from the letters, our young readers are thrilled that the interstate travel ban has been lifted, and they cannot wait to visit some of their favourite beaches.

Here's what they had to say on the topic, Beaches.

"Now that we can travel interstate, I want to go to Pahang for a holiday by the beach. Will have a picnic together with ball play, read a book under a coconut tree, make sand castles and have a swim too. I really need a holiday since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic," writes Chloe Leong Xizhen, eight.

Chloe Leong Xizhen, 8Chloe Leong Xizhen, 8

Jodie Tan Li Juen, 12, feels relaxed listening to the wave's calming rhythm. "Before the movement control order, I went snorkeling with my family at Trengganu's Redang Island. The water and sand were very clear and I saw many types of beautiful fish. Since we can travel interstate, I hope to visit Teluk Cempedak with my family."

Jodie Tan Li Juen, 12Jodie Tan Li Juen, 12

Seven-year-old Courage Teoh wishes the Covid-19 pandemic would go away soon. "I want to play at the beach. I miss building sandcastles and catching crabs. I hope to ride on the boat and swim in the sea."

Older sibling Bethany Wang Qi Syuen, six, enjoys running around the seashore, building various monuments with the sand, and watching other children play. "It's also a nice place to enjoy an ice cream while sitting on a hammock under a tree."

Bethany Wang Qi Syuen,6Bethany Wang Qi Syuen,6

"I want to go to the beach with my sister Sophia. I also enjoy swimming in the sea with Sophia and my parents," said Samantha Chong Sze Mun, six.

Samantha Chong Sze Mun, 6Samantha Chong Sze Mun, 6

Seven-year-old Kate Rose Wong Yi Sinn, seven, likes the beach and misses it very much. "I like searching for seashells and catching the waves with Mommy and Daddy. I used to be scared of the sand but now I don't mind it."

Kate Rose Wong Yi Sinn, 7Kate Rose Wong Yi Sinn, 7

There are many beautiful beaches in Penang, and I love to visit Batu Ferringhi beach. Before the pandemic, I'd visit the beach with my family and friends. We'd have a picnic and play games on the beach. I miss listening to the waves and watching the sunset by the beach," says Florence Chan Zi Hsuan, seven.

Wong Cheng Yang, 7Wong Cheng Yang, 7

Wong Cheng Yang, seven, says: "My favourite beach is at Batu Ferringhi in Penang. My last visit was two years ago. I like to walk along the beach because the sand is soft. Sometimes, I mischievously destroy my dad and sister's sandcastles. I can't wait to revisit the beach.

Chan Ern Tong, 7Chan Ern Tong, 7

Chan Ern Tong, seven, loves the beaches in Terengganu. "It is one of the most beautiful places that I have ever been. I hope that I can travel there soon since the interstate travel ban has been lifted."

Fu Rui Yuan, 6Fu Rui Yuan, 6

"My brother and I love building sandcastles at the beach.Sometimes, I bury my brother in the sand," says Fu Rui Yuan, six. – Compiled by Sheela Chandran

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