Blog correspondent Michael Maguire reports on the the latest status of the erosion at the Tanjung Bungah Beach. Questions must now be asked as to the source of this erosion. Is it land reclamation (or some other factor?) and if so, what will happen when there is further land reclamation?
On 28 December, we went down to Tanjung Bungah Beach for a swim and I decide to do a three-month (exactly) follow-up on the beach erosion story (dated 28 August) which you blogged on 1 September.
The erosion, as predicted is now worse and has further eroded by an estimated few metres inwards towards buildings. Areas of the beach which were smooth in August now have abrupt banks up to a metre high.
Four Points’ so-called ‘private beach’ has been further eroded. Their volleyball post set on a grass ledge is now gone and the ledge has eroded away.
Where previously there was at least five metres of grass, there is now hardly a metre. Deep gouging out of sand has taken place where a public drain empties onto the beach. The row of small palms is now at the edge of a steep bank of sand and some small palms have been lost.
The loss of sand is shown in the photo taken of the beach wall of the newly named Sentral. Apparently, no effort has been made to fix the public access to the beach by the Sentral.
Note two new buildings are now underway. I thought the line of trees would be lost by now when I photographed them in August. I was almost right. They are now leaning over and their top branches are being buried in the sand.
I took the photos starting at the Four Points end of the beach and moved down the beach towards the Sentral. Photos have not been taken exactly the same as in August, sadly, but particular scenes can be recognised.
Given that all the sites along this stretch of Tanjung Bungah Beach are now fully occupied, it is disappointing to note that there is now no opportunity to develop a ‘green frontage’ or recreational park for the public to enjoy picnics on the grass under the shade of trees. Soon there will no natural shade from trees on the beach.
I wonder if any public access ways will be provided between these new buildings, or any public facilities like toilets be incorporated into these new obstructions.