NGOs object to proposed fish terminal project in Kuala Kedah

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  • Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016

GEORGE TOWN: Sahabat Alam Malaysia and the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) have objected to the Kedah Government’s proposal to construct a fishery terminal in Tebengau near Kuala Kedah.

CAP president S. M. Mohamed Idris (pic) said the project would adversely affect the environment and livelihood of 2,000 coastal fishermen in Kuala Kedah and surrounding areas.

“Their fishing area, which is Zone A will be reduced and there is possibility of the waters being polluted, and fish breeding grounds threatened.

“We are disappointed with the states decision because the government is not taking into consideration the adverse impacts of the project on the marine environment and livelihood of the local coastal communities,” he said in a statement here Tuesday.

He said the RM1.83bil mega project known as the Kedah Integrated Fishery Terminal (KIFT) was reported to be fully funded by Lu Hai Feng Development Sdn Bhd from China.

The project was proposed to begin next year after approval was obtained from the National Physical Planning Council last month, said Mohamed Idris.

The KIFT was planned to be built on state land covering 2,340 hectares. Of the total, it was stated that 1,864 hectares would be used for navigation of vessels while the rest of the area would be reclaimed.

“The state must learn from the experience of other mega projects such as the disastrous Kerpan tiger-prawn farming which is now partly overgrown with weeds and mostly barren,” he said. - Bernama

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