KUALA TERENGGANU, — All raft house owners around Tasik Kenyir, near Hulu Terengganu, need to be registered with the tourism division of the Central Terengganu Development Authority (Ketengah) for more systematic and easier monitoring.
Ketengah chairman Datuk Razali Idris said at present, no raft house owner had done so, causing an influx of tourists to the lake with no registration done.
“Their registration will enable Ketengah to monitor the level of tourist safety during their stay at Tasik Kenyir and also hygiene aspects around the raft house area for the convenience of tourists.
“As such, a meeting will be held soon with rescue teams such as the police, Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM), Hulu Terengganu district office, and owners of raft houses in Tasik Kenyir so that this process can be speeded up,” he said when asked to comment on the issue following the incident in which a man is feared drowned while on holiday at a raft house on Saturday.
It is understood that most of the raft houses have been built for the purpose of rest and recreation of private individuals but lately there has been an increasingly high demand for these houses from tourists.
Razali said registration would indirectly enable Ketengah to monitor tourist activities to prevent any unwanted incidents such as drowning.
“We don’t even know the actual number of raft houses because they were built in an unstructured manner with the main focus being on the river rapids around Aring.
“Tourists who come here do not enter via Pengkalan Gawi, as required by holidaymakers using the boathouse service, instead they use the route built by the owner of the raft houses,” said Razali, who is confident that the registration of the raft houses will boost the tourism sector in Terengganu.
In the 5.50 pm incident last Saturday, a man who was on his honeymoon in a raft house is feared to have drowned while swimming in Sungai Petuang, Tasik Kenyir.
Ami Azzizol Abu Bakri, 22, from Kampung Sungai Buaya, Dungun is believed to have suffered muscle cramps while swimming. The incident was witnessed by his wife, cousins, and also the children of the owner of the raft house.
Meanwhile, Hulu Terengganu district police chief Deputy Superintendent Mohd Adli Mat Daud said the search and rescue (SAR) operation to locate the man continued today with the search extending to another three kilometres.
“A total of 46 people comprising the police, JBPM, Malaysian Civil Defence Force members, and the public were involved in the second day of the SAR operation which started at 8 am today.
“For today’s search, we conducted monitoring on the water surface and used diving methods around the last location the victim was seen. The search is quite difficult due to the dark underwater conditions and strong currents,” he added.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency