Fishermen carry on daily routine despite high tide phenomenon

Ruwaida Md Zain

KLANG: The high tide phenomenon did not dampen the spirits of fishermen in Pangkalan Tok Muda jetty here as they carried on with their fishing activities. NSTP checks this morning saw the fishermen continuing with their daily routine between 8am and 11am. Fisherman Fauzi Mohd Ariffin, 26, acknowledged that the high-tide phenomenon had an impact on them. “It is a challenge that we have to face in order to support our families. The recently repaired bund gave me some confidence to go fishing. “During high tide many fishes get trapped in the net. Therefore we will be at sea for several hours,” he said when met.

Fisherman, Fauzi Mohd Ariffin (left) and his familiy leaving the Tok Muda jetty, Kapar to continue their routine despite the high tide phenomenon being reported in the area. Pix by Faiz Anuar

Another fisherman, Amir Hamzah Mohd Soldi, 47, said going out to sea was the only choice for him to raise his five children. “Despite uncertain supply of fish, I am grateful that our village is no longer flooded due to the repaired bund. “We cannot stop high tide as it is part of nature. Sometimes I earn between RM200 and RM300, and there are times when I earn RM2 or RM3,” he said, adding that income depended on the fisherman’s efforts. “But we also have to follow the authorities’ instructions to avoid any untoward incidents,” he said. Meanwhile, Bernama reported that situation in the coastal areas in five districts in Selangor this morning was still under control with no spillover of seawater reported. Selangor Disaster Management Unit, in a statement, said most of the bunds built along the affected coastal areas were strong and in good condition. The Klang, Kuala Langat, Sepang, Kuala Selangor dan Sabak Bernam are now placed on a high-level of monitoring for possible floods due to the high phenomenon, especially if strong winds and heavy rain occur. The first wave of high tide is expected to persist until tomorrow along the coastal areas in Selangor, with the sea level to reach 5.4 metres. According to the statement, the peak of the high tide phenomenon along the coastal areas in Selangor was recorded at Port Klang at 5.4 metres at 6.25am, but the situation was still under control. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd