Terengganu govt to probe Perhentian incident


KUALA TERENGGANU: A warning has been issued by the Terengganu government against premises which failed to comply with regulations after a group of tourists fell ill while holidaying in Pulau Perhentian Kecil.

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

On Friday, a news portal reported that a group of tourists, comprising 27 adults and 13 children, on holiday in Pulau Perhentian Kecil fell ill after swimming in the island’s waters.

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

“We will be conducting a detailed investigation to get to the bottom of the matter and a full report will follow. The relevant agencies will need to act quickly,” he said in a statement yesterday, Bernama reported.

Meanwhile, Ariffin said in order to overcome sewage system complaints on Pulau Perhentian, the state was collaborating with the Environment and Water Ministry to build an integrated sewage plant to deal with issues related to sewage pollution.

He said the ministry was also working with Indah Water Konsortium to carry out sludge disposal there.

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

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