Monday, May 12, 2008

Penang island Council promises to clean up area near Tanjung Bungah floating mosque - NST

May 12, 2008 By Phuah Ken Lin

MARRED: The beauty of the floating mosque in Tanjung Bungah has been marred by the pollution. Mud and sludge had caused the water to turn black. NST PIX BY PHUAH KEN LIN

ACTION will be taken to clean-up the area around the floating mosque in Tanjung Bungah. Penang Island Municipal Council president Datuk Zainal Rahim Seman said he would instruct a major clean-up surrounding the mosque.

Residents have called the New Straits Times to complain about the pollution near the majestic edifice and the problem has reached a level where sludge could be seen on the seabed at low-tide.

Residents claimed that they had complained many times in the past however they have yet to see a clean-up.

Food outlet oprator Yusoff Abdullah, 32, said the stench had become unbearable. “It has turned off many tourists visiting the place.

Fisherman Roslan Mohamad, 41, said his catch in the vicinity had also dwindled since the pollution started a year ago.

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