Tengku Abdullah proposes lifeguards for beaches

KUANTAN: The Tengku Mahkota Pahang, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, has proposed the setting up of a safety and security team to monitor and prevent drowning incidents in the state.

He said the team should comprise the Kuantan Municipal Council, police, villages security and welfare committee and other related agencies.

“The team members will comprise bay-watchers or coastal guards, watching visitors particularly at sea and at the beach,” he told reporters after visiting single mother Zaleha Abdul Ghani, who lost her two sons in a drowning incident recently.

He said the incident had not deterred the people from going to the beach but their safety should be important to the relevant authorities.

“Children love to swim and play at the beach without thinking of their safety while their parents cannot be watching them all the time since they also have to look after other children in their outings. There have been cases of negligencies by the parents.

“But if there are proper signages to tell the visitors of the danger zones and risky spots, parents will not allow their children to swim there,” he said.

Zaleha’s sons — Mohd. Zaiful Abu Talib, 13, Mohd. Saiful Mohd, 11 — drowned at the Pantai Sepat beach.

Zaleha said she tried to save her children but had to accept the fate that their time had come.

“I have nine other children to look after and I have accepted the burden of raising them as fate. I am in good health to do odd jobs for an income to feed my children,’’ she said.

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