Terengganu warns premises of strict action after tourists fall sick

KUALA TERENGGANU: Following a recent incident when a group of tourists fell ill while holidaying in Pulau Perhentian Kecil, the Terengganu government has warned that strict legal action will be taken against premises that do not comply with regulations.

State tourism, culture and digital technology committee chairman Ariffin Deraman said the state government took a serious view of the matter as incidents such as this could jeopardise Terengganu’s tourism sector.

On Friday (Sept 30), a news portal reported that a group of tourists, comprising 27 adults and 13 children, fell ill after swimming in the waters of Pulau Perhentian Kecil.

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According to the report, one child was diagnosed with typhoid and two other children with blood poisoning, while the rest of the group had diarrhoea and high fever.

"We will be conducting a detailed investigation and a full report will follow. The relevant agencies will need to act quickly,” Ariffin said in a statement on Sunday (Oct 2).

Meanwhile, Ariffin said the state government is in collaboration with the Water and Environment Ministry to build an integrated sewage plant to deal with issues related to sewage pollution on Pulau Perhentian.

"The state government is committed to taking care of the comfort and safety of tourists on the resort islands of Terengganu,” he added. – Bernama

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