Paradise in limbo

THE idyllic Pulau Redang is a popular holiday destination due to its crystal-clear waters and white sandy beaches.

The island, located off the coast of Terengganu, is now devoid of tourists due to the prolonged travel restrictions brought on by the Movement Control Order (MCO) to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Pulau Redang’s tourism sector has been crippled since the first MCO last year. The island’s residents, who rely on tourism for their livelihoods, are in dire straits.

Entrepreneur Azmi Awang walking away from beached boats at the Pulau Duyong Jetty in Kuala Terengganu. Near him is a sign promoting Pulau Redang. - NSTP/GHAZALI KORI
Entrepreneur Azmi Awang walking away from beached boats at the Pulau Duyong Jetty in Kuala Terengganu. Near him is a sign promoting Pulau Redang. – NSTP/GHAZALI KORI

Now these resort operators, boat drivers, souvenir store owners and camping site operators rely on gardening, fishing, boat maintenance and food stalls for a living.

Fisherman Mohd Azaizan Mohd Nor tethering his boat to a post after returning from sea.
Fisherman Mohd Azaizan Mohd Nor tethering his boat to a post after returning from sea.
A man taking measurements of his boat for repairs in Kampung Pulau Redang.
A man taking measurements of his boat for repairs in Kampung Pulau Redang.
A lone man walking across the sand at Pasir Panjang in Pulau Redang, which has been devoid of visitors since the closure of all resorts on the island.
A lone man walking across the sand at Pasir Panjang in Pulau Redang, which has been devoid of visitors since the closure of all resorts on the island.
Pulau Redang villagers pulling a dinghy past empty tourist boats.
Pulau Redang villagers pulling a dinghy past empty tourist boats.
Marzuki Abdullah watering the vegetables he grows at his restaurant, which he has converted into a farm at Pasir Panjang in Pulau Redang.
Marzuki Abdullah watering the vegetables he grows at his restaurant, which he has converted into a farm at Pasir Panjang in Pulau Redang.
A resort operator examining a dilapidated tourist van. Tourism in Redang, a major source of income for the residents, has been severely affected by the implementation of the Movement Control Order.
A resort operator examining a dilapidated tourist van. Tourism in Redang, a major source of income for the residents, has been severely affected by the implementation of the Movement Control Order.
Wan Muhammad Ashraf Wan Suhaimi and his brother-in-law, Muhammad Ariff Shafie, picking chillies at their farm, which is a new business venture, in Kampung Pulau Redang.
Wan Muhammad Ashraf Wan Suhaimi and his brother-in-law, Muhammad Ariff Shafie, picking chillies at their farm, which is a new business venture, in Kampung Pulau Redang.

By : Ghazali Kori – NST

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