On-Going Coastal Erosion Problems at Tanjung Piai, Malaysia

Coastal erosion at Tanjung PiaiTanjung Piai in Johor Baru, the southernmost point of Peninsular Malaysia and mainland Asia, continues to be threatened from severe coastal erosion. The erosion is caused by the large waves created by an increasing number of vessels utilising the Straits of Malacca and the Port of Tanjung Pelepas, and is most prevalent in areas of the Sungai Pulai estuary. These problems have caught the attention of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who has ordered the state government to seek new measures to manage the problem. Previous interventions involving the use of geo-tubes, mangrove replanting, and the construction of concrete walls have all been unsuccessful. Tanjung Piai was gazetted as a RAMSAR site in 1997 and we will ensure to post any future news on this issue.

Source: New Straits Times

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