KUANTAN: The Pahang government has yet to receive the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report on the new marina and airport project at Kampung Tekek in Pulau Tioman.
State Culture, Arts and Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Maznah Mazlah said there were worries that the projects would create structural and shoreline changes and damage to the marine life.
The state government needs to be briefed on the environmental impact of the two projects on the island.
The shoreline will change and the projects are likely to damage the environment, she said when winding-up the debate of the state budget estimates at the state assembly yesterday.
When commenting on the detention of 16 workers on Wednesday after the cables to the anchors from the barge they were working on had damaged the coral bed in Kampung Tekek, she said about 230,000 tourists visited the island for snorkelling or diving activities every year.
As of yesterday, the barge had been moved to the beachfront pending investigation by the authorities on the extent of damage to the coral bed.
Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob also expressed his disappointment over the incident, adding that the state needed to be informed of the federal projects carried out on the island.
We are disappointed and upset over this matter.
The contractor involved should not have gone and done whatever he liked without referring to us first, he told the Dewan.
The operator of Persona Resort Mohd Sabri Nazri said the resort and villagers would petition the Prime Minister and the Tioman Development Authority for remedial action.
We are not protesting over any development at all. It is just that the development of a marina near our village was something we never knew about, Sabri said.
On another matter, Adnan told Mohd Soffi Abdul Razak (BN-Benta) that there was a change in the policy involving investment where the focus now was to attract more domestic direct investment.
The assembly adjourned sine die.
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