Sunday, February 19, 2012
Where Are the Beautiful Public Beaches?
Malysia has some 4675km of shoreline and beaches. How much of that has been developed and promoted as beach resorts by the Federal government, the various State govermnents and Local Authorities, and by private companies which had acquired the land facing the shore. Do the companies which bought such land also own the beach and become resposible for its development?
I raised these questions because there are many once beautiful beaches which have been damaged or which have lost their beauty due to neglect or misuse. On the other hand there are beautiful beaches with white sand and swaying palm trees once open to the public but now fenced in and only accessable to the guests of beach resort operators and hotels. The public beaches soon become overused, overcrowded and very dirty as compared to the privately owned ones but inaccessable to the public.
Beautiful beaches like the once famous Pantai Cinta Berahi ( Beach of Passionate Love), Telok Chempedak, Morib, and Telok Kemang have either bocome less attractive compared to the privately owned beaches run by five star hotels and resort operators, or have shrunk in size due to the acquisition of these private companies. On the other hand there are also beaches taken over by resort operators who not only failed to develop them but also ruined them with uncompleted or abandoned projects. If all these slow 'desecration' or 'vandalism' of our beaches are not effectively stopped by the authorities concerned, only those owned by the successful hotels and resort operators will retain their prestine or altered beauty as resort areas. Further acqisitions by the wealthy beach resort operators if left uncontrolled, will shrink futher the beach area open to the public until one day they are left with the murky and muddy areas of the beach which the beach resort operators don't want.
Other than the problem of soil erosion threatening some parts of our beaches, the right of the public to have wide open beaches with good facilities for swimming, picnicking and lazing around, must be given serious consideration by both the Federal and State governments. Otherwise only those who can afford the luxuries of expensive hotels and exclusive beach resorts will enjoy or beaches in the future. The average citizens who couldn't afford or who don't want to squander hard-earned money on cut-throat hotels' and beach resorts' rates will have to swim in the brackish water of the sea-shore.