They also expressed their gratitude to the Terengganu government for setting aside an allocation of RM200,000 to repair the damaged generator sets on the resort island.
Ombak Kapas Island Beach Resort owner Hawa Abd Rahman lauded the move, describing it as a serious effort by the state government to address and resolve the issue.
“The island has been experiencing power outages since July and it has become more frequent over the past two weeks, with last Saturday night being the culmination of the issue when power supply was completely cut off.
“We had to take tourists out of the island that night as there was no guarantee that electricity supply would be restored in a short period of time,” she said.
State infrastructure, public facilities, utilities and green technology committee chairman Dr Mamad Putih said the power supply disruption problem on the island was expected to be resolved within the next three to four weeks.
As for the long-term solution, he said the East Coast Economic Region Development Council had allocated RM4.9mil to upgrade the existing solar system and buy a new generator.
D Seri Kapas Island Resort owner Chiong Hoong Lee said the incident on Saturday had also caused him to incur losses after almost 40% of his guests decided to cancel their bookings.
“They cancelled their stay as there was no electricity supply.
“I cannot afford to buy a new generator set as it is very expensive equipment.
“Tourists’ comfort is my priority, therefore I decided to refund all the money paid,” he said, adding that he hoped such incidents would not recur.The generators are fully managed by the state government under the Terengganu State Economic Development Corporation. — Bernama