Environment to make way for progress


  • Letters
  • Sunday, 23 Nov 2003

IN 1998, I bought a condominium unit at Glory Beach Resort, Port Dickson, which overlooks the sea with a white sandy beach. 

I have since been enjoying the beautiful sea and the glorious views of the sunsets and have also had the privilege of witnessing the leatherback turtles coming ashore on the sands to lay their eggs. 

However, I understand the Negri Sembilan government has alienated four hectares of this beautiful land to a developer to build a seven-storey hotel and 331 chalets. 

This will not only deprive the tourists and residents of Glory Beach Resort of a beautiful view but also raise worrying questions about the marine life and ecology in the area. 

I wonder if an environmental impact assessment has been conducted. Does the state government believe incomes from the tourists and hotel will balance out the destruction caused to the marine life?  

Has the government forgotten about the leatherback turtles, which are being threatened with extinction? 

Questions about sewage are also worrying. We have now become a country that prides itself on high-rise buildings. But what is the point when its beautiful environment is destroyed? 

 

R. RAJESWARY 

Port Dickson, Negri Sembilan  

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