SEREMBAN: The two oil spill incidents that happened within seven days in Port Dickson will not adversely affect tourism in the resort town, says Datuk Seri Aminudin Harun.
The Mentri Besar on Wednesday (Oct 14) said although Pantai Cermin at Batu 10 will be closed to the public for clean-up works over the next few days, picnickers could always visit other popular beach spots like Pantai Cahaya, Pantai Purnama and Pantai Tg Gemok.
"We regret having to temporarily close the 2km stretch along Pantai Cermin but it should re-opened in the next three to four days.
"Despite the oil spill at the stretch, people can still visit the other beaches in PD," he told reporters after chairing the state exco meeting.
In the first incident on Oct 5, residents found massive amounts of black liquid which was later identified as crude oil in monsoon drains near the SMK Kg Gelam school.
Authorities investigating the incident determined that the liquid had leaked from decommissioned underground pipes during works to construct drainage.
The mess has since been cleared.
However, a week later, residents again found a 2km-long oil spill in waters off Pantai Cermin and the Melaka enclave of Tanjung Tuan.
The oil is believed to have come from a vessel passing the Melaka Strait.
Aminuddin expressed hope the spill at Pantai Cermin would not have an adverse effect on fishermen in the area.
"It may also have some impact on the environment and the local economy, but we hope this will be minimal," he added.
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