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Govt tackles beach erosion

KUALA LUMPUR, 20 Oct 2008: Efforts are being made to restore eroded beaches in the country but it will take between five and 10 years to complete, said Deputy Natural Resources and Environment Minister Senator Datuk Maznah Mazlan.

“The efforts include stacking boulders and planting mangrove trees along the affected beaches to prevent further destruction,” she said when responding to a supplementary question from Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin (BN- Kinabatangan) at the Dewan Rakyat, today.

She said the measures would also solve estuarine sedimentation.

Bung Mokhtar asked whether the ministry had enough funds to solve beach erosion especially at tourist destinations.

To the original question from Ab Aziz Ab Kadir (PKR-Ketereh) who wanted to know the effectiveness of beach protection and restoration projects carried out in Kelantan, Maznah said: “The measures had solved beach erosion along Pantai Dasar Sabak, Kampung Kuala Pak Amat, Kuala Kitang, Kampung Kemeruk and Kampung Teritam beaches.” — Bernama


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