Penang Beach Accident

KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 2, 2001): Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen today urged the Penang government to pay serious attention to the safety of tourists visiting the state.

The reminder came in the wake of an incident in which a Saudi Arabian tourist, Ali Shamrani, 30, sustained a broken hip and bodily injuries when the jet ski he was riding was hit by another jet ski operated by two Indian nationals at the Batu Ferringhi beach in Penang yesterday.

"I have said this before and I will say it again, that the safety of tourists is important to the tourism industry because we have been telling the world that our country is safe and stable.

"So, I would like to remind Lim (Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng) not to poke his nose into other state's safety affairs, but instead to mind the safety affairs in Penang first."

She said this to reporters after the opening of the 58th MCA annual general assembly by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at Wisma MCA here today.

If the situation persists, Ng said she was worried that not only Penang's tourism sector would be jeopardised, the income of local people who were depending on the industry would also be affected.

Hence, she said the Penang government should be firm in enforcing the laws and regulations, besides offering suitable trainings to tour and travel operators to improve their services. – Bernama

Snorkeling Tips

Here are some basics that everyone should pay attention when snorkeling:

1. If possible, swim with a friend.

2. Make sure your equipment is in good state and that you are familiar with it.

3. Be aware of wave sets, currents, winds and potential hazards such as rocks.

4. Be well hydrated when you enter the water, and use sunscreen.

5. Don't ever touch marine life - for your own good and the good of the sea life.

Cherating Beach - Releasing baby green turtles

Interesting video on releasing baby green turtles at Cherating Beach.