Non-governmental organisation Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) calls on relevant authorities to look into the plight of fellow fishermen in Kemaman, Terengganu district.
Citing their problems such as dilapidated jetty, uncomfortable working environment and no monthly incentives for fishermen, SAM president S.M Mohamed Idris is furious as some 200 inshore fishers are deeply affected.
“The Terengganu government, relevant departments and agencies need to take immediate action to address the problem faced by some 200 inshore fishers in Chukai, Kemaman district.
“For the past ten years the fishers had to put up with a damaged jetty to moor their boats and land their catch.
“To top it off, fishermen in the area are often threatened by trawlers and many of them lamented that they have not received the monthly incentive of RM300 in the past three years,” he said in a press statement today.
Idris said although the problems are long-standing but until now no action has been taken by the relevant authorities to resolve the fishermen’s predicaments.
“SAM had written to the Terengganu State Secretary, Kemaman District Office, Fisheries Department and Eastern Region Public Complaints Bureau to bring their attention to the condition of the jetty which is terribly damaged and thus request the authorities to investigate and do the needful at the soonest.
“We have also forwarded the matter to the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry and Ministry of Rural and Regional Development,” said Idris.
SAM had visited the scene on Aug 10 and found that the jetty has yet to be repaired fishers lamented that their fish trap (bubu) are often damaged and destroyed due to being hit by trawler boats from Kuantan operating in waters off Kemaman at night.
“The trawler issue has not only caused the fishers to suffer huge losses but fisheries resource is also dwindling,”he added.