Strange ‘rocks’ surface at Tanjung Bungah beach


Strange malleable rocks surfaced at Tanjung Bungah beach a couple of weeks ago.  These videos were taken by a concerned visitor, Andrea Briglia, on 28 January at around 6pm.

One theory is that these could be balls of marine clay, material from the bottom of the sea found along the West Coast of the peninsula. These could have been dislodged when sand on the surface of the sea bed was sucked out – or something else could have stirred it out to the surface.

Another theory is that the mud balls are the result of land reclamation which has been going on in a big way since the 1990s. Reclamation material is a mixture of sand and mud, which is then deposited at the bottom of the sea nearby.

Any other theories out there?

It is important for the Department of the Environment to find out what is the source of these ‘rocks’ and how it is affecting marine life along the northern coastline of Penang Island.

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  1. Mudflats was common at the beach front of Gurney Drive since the 90s.

    Penang Island City Council councillor Chris Lee defended the Gurney Wharf project at Gurney Drive, said the present Pakatan Harapan (PH) government was trying to restore the seafront through the Gurney Wharf project.

    He said the decision to fill the area with rocks causing the beach to disappear was taken when BN governed the state. He said the popular seaside front became filled with mudflats and was a sad sight for many years due. “The present government is trying to restore the ugliness that was left,”

    • It is a convenient excuse to expedite the PMTP Swap Deals which the developers dictate more than the state gomen with no money to talk louder.
      Initial plan was to fill up the mudflat (in front of Gurney Plaza) with mangrove swamp, which also acts as an effective barrier to another tsunami. And followed by state publicity campaign of cleaning the mud-filled seafront with mud balls but then went to no-where as vouched under Cleaner Greener Penang.

      And the blame game followed pointing at E&O seafront properties at Tanjung Tokong (a done deal under BN) for the consequential mud flats @ Gurney – leading to this environmental state of the affair post-Gelakan regime with this infamous Coast-Mud-Politan Gurney, which morphed (quickly) into Gurney Wharf!

      Clever sly CAT. Of course Penangites are deemed stupid by CAT to manipulate which ever (sly) way.

    • Niao Kong may not like GuangMing (again) for unfavourable reporting (of anything truthful).
      GuangMing knows it has only One Life, so have got to make good use of it for public service.

      Only 9-Lives Entity can (afford) play the fool with us.

      • coastal road collapsing and no one knows when anil and pg forum the tua pek kong wants to sell 9 snake oil

    Willing to destroy mangrove forests for the sake of development?

    The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is disappointed with the statement by YB Phee Boon Poh, Penang state exco member for Welfare, Caring Society and Environment quoted in a Malay Daily implying that the state is willing to destroy the mangroves in Bagan Jermal to make way for the implementation of a reclamation project here.

    According to YB Phee, the felling of the 9.38 hectares of mangrove forest here is for the purpose of generating income for the state rather than leaving it idle without producing any revenue. Commenting on a news article published in Berita Harian today, CAP requests YB Phee to produce findings that the mangroves in the said area does not have any benefits for the environment and livelihood of the local fishers.

    CAP hopes that he is not gazing stars in the sky (development projects) whilst forgetting the grass on the ground (the environment and livelihood of the people). The remaining mangrove forests in Bagan Jermal and rest of the state are valuable natural treasures in case the environment exco member wants to compare it with development projects proposed by the Penang government.

    The value of Malaysian mangroves just for storm protection and flood control has been estimated at US$300,000 per km of coastline, which is based on the cost of replacing the mangroves with rock walls (Ramsar Secretariat, 2001). Mangrove trees also store large amounts of carbon. The mangrove forests function as a carbon sink contribute to mitigating climate change.

    Mangrove forests in this area not only protect the coastal areas from natural hazards such as storms, tidal waves and tsunami but mangroves are also a breeding ground for marine life that are source of income for the fisher communities and their future generation and also food supply for the people. UNEP-WCMC report of 2006 states that mangrove forests in peninsular Malaysia, support a fishery worth of US$250,000/km2/year.

    CAP is disappointed that a state exco member for environment and welfare does not understand the wholistic functions of mangroves and benefits to the environment and economy. CAP wants YB Phee to check out what has happened to the environment, fish stock and livelihood of coastal fishers in Balik Pulau and Seberang Perai Selatan as a result of mangrove destruction in these areas.

    CAP strongly objects to the reclamation projects in the state and urges the Penang government to cancel all development projects that involve mangrove forests and adversely impact the environment, lives and livelihood of the people. CAP views that a large-scale mangrove replanting project has to be implemented in suitable areas to regenerate and conserve these natural treasures.

    SM MOHAMED IDRIS is president, Consumers Association of Penang (CAP).

    • you contribute trash only . the blog asked where the strange stones come from? dont you understand? anil accept irrelevent trasg comments

    • Protection against waves is a 2001 estimate of just one benefit. Remember, even non-urban highways now cost tens of millions of RM. A wall against waves is much more difficult.

      This statement from the politician is a classic example of why we are sleep-walking into oblivion as a species.

  3. From Coast-Mud-Politan Penang beaches to Coast-Mud-Rock-Politan Penang transformed beaches!
    What the hell did EIA reports from developers miss these out?

    And to see helpless, voiceless sea creatures polluted in their once pristine sea shells with unnatural cement bits & concrete pieces is horrendous. Which goes to show indisputable evidences of coastal pollutions by present day coastal development endorsed by CAT Gomen. No wonder fishermen’s catch is dwindling.

    The dastard damage is done.
    Penangites are fooled by a loud-speaker-recital “Cleaner Greener Penang” Mantra.

    • trying to be tua pek kong to counter to be green with your daily kopi o kau 2 tailings found its way into the sea?tua pek kong is trying to say fishemen can catch increased yield when fishmen is over harvesting the fishes.

  4. Anil should refer the matter to DAP’s Tanjung Bungah state representative Teh Yee Cheu who is supposed to be pro-environment.

  5. That could be also related to the waste water treatment sediments which are flowing into the sea close to that point. all these “rocks” appeared after some excavation work was done when there was some sand digging

  6. Nothing surprising about those globs of mud, Anil Netto. Been surfacing in Tg Bunga for years… There is a huge mudflat under the seawater in Tg Bunga. I should know, don’t you think? 😉


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