The fishermen have their say now:
We are fishermen in Sungai Batu who are directly affected by the project to create three artificial islands off southern Penang Island.
1) Legitimate stakeholders
We are legitimate stakeholders for the area of the project site, where three islands are to be created off the southern coast of Penang Island. We are registered fishermen with registered fishing vessels – with the Penang Fishermen’s Association, the Fisheries Department and the Malaysian Fisheries Development Board (LKIM). We also have title deeds (geran) for land along the coast.
2) Source of livelihood
We receive RM200 in monthly cost-of-living allowances from the federal government, proving that we are full-time fishermen. With 81 vessels, we earned about RM3m in 2018 [average of about RM3,000 per month per vessel]. Full piece on Aliran website