By Ali Imran Mohd Noordin
KUALA TERENGGANU (Bernama) -- No other place in Peninsular Malaysia has the highest rates of sea turtles nesting than Pantai Chagar Hutang in Redang Island, Terengganu.
Before the beach was gazetted by the state Department of Fisheries as a turtle sanctuary in 1993, the northern part of the island was a popular place for turtle egg hunters to get their supply.
After the gazettement, the activity was immediately banned and the place subsequently became a sanctuary for nesting turtles.
The 350-metre long beach is closed to any tourism or commercial activities in order to retain its natural landscape so that turtles can nest without being disturbed by humans.
Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) runs several programmes on the nesting beach through its Sea Turtle Research Station where it monitors, studies and organises academic activities related to turtle conservation.
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By Shakir Husain
NEW DELHI (Bernama) -- A "fugitive" billionaire has ignited a war of words in India after saying he met the country's finance minister before leaving in March 2016.
Vijay Mallya, now living in Britain, was a politically influential Indian tycoon who controlled a huge alcohol business and the defunct Kingfisher Airlines.
The Indian government is seeking his return while local banks are trying to recover about US$1 billion from the 62-year-old businessman.
Appearing before a London court recently in connection with his extradition case, Mallya made some remarks which potential impact he may not have realised.
"I left because I had a scheduled meeting in Geneva. I met the finance minister before I left, repeated my offer to settle with the banks. That is the truth," Mallya told the media when asked if he was "tipped off" to leave India.
By Remar Nordin
KOTA TINGGI (Bernama) --Not all fishermen will lose their income during the monsoon season.
The fishermen at Kampung Makam have another source of income to turn to during the season – and it is a lucrative one at that.
The village is located in the middle of the Kota Tinggi town. It is a favourite fishing destination for avid anglers as the Johor River runs by the village.
September is a much-awaited time for fishermen and anglers because it is when the southwest monsoon comes to an end. As the transitional monsoon period draws near, heavy rainfall will ensue, bringing to the river a higher population of giant freshwater prawn.
“Giant river prawns are plentiful at this time and a fisherman can earn up to RM200 a day in sales,” said the chairman of the Kampung Makam fisherman group Abd Rahim Sampir.