|Photo from The Star, 2 Sep 12|
Commenting on the dead dugong at Pengerang, a Johor Fisheries official said “Dugongs are known to be found along the coastline of Johor, especially in Pengerang, Pasir Gudang and Gelang Patah,”
Chek Jawa on Pulau Ubin, Singapore's best natural mangroves on Pulau Tekong, our best northern submerged reef Beting Bronok and Changi's seagrass meadows.
Indeed, dugong feeding trails are regularly seen on the lush seagrass meadows at Chek Jawa and even on mainland Changi, as recently as last month.
|Dugong feeding trail at Changi seen in Aug 2012|
|Dugong feeding trail at Chek Jawa seen in May 2012|
Raffles Museum News blog.
|The dead dugong that washed up at Pulau Tekong in 2006.|
from the Raffles Museum News blog
Among the major current threats to dugongs in the Johor Straits are plans for massive petrochemical developments at Pengerang. Earlier this year, there was news that a petrochemical complex rejected in Taiwan for environmental and health reasons may be relocated to Pengerang, Johor.
massive oil hub project planned in Johor which includes the RM5bil Dialog independent deepwater terminal and the RM120bil Petronas’ Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) petrochemicals complex.
Development work seems to already have affected residents of Pengerang with some news reports of local reactions to relocation of graves and other issues.
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Related media articles
- Malaysia, Johor: Pengerang folk get public hearing over petrochemical projects Ahmad Fairuz Othman New Straits Times 1 Sep 12;
- Malaysia, Johor: 100 police reports over relocation of graves for Rapid project Desiree Tresa Gasper and Yee Xiang Yun The Star 17 Aug 12;
- Malaysia: Johor refinery needs to double to bear fruit Malaysia can complement Singapore and create another Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp(ARA) Thomas Huong The Star 4 Jun 12;
- Malaysia: Rapid progress ahead in Johor Nelson Benjamin, Desiree Tresa Gasper and Mohd Farhaan Shah The Star 14 May 12;
- $778m oil hub project launched in Johor Teo Cheng Wee Straits Times 27 Apr 12;
- Malaysia: Johor’s Asian Rotterdam Mohd Farhaan Shah The Star 15 Apr 12;
- Malaysia seeks a Jurong Island of its own at Pengerang, Johor Pengerang project hopes to draw up to RM100b investments Pauline Ng Business Times 12 Jan 11;
- Pollutive petrochemical plant may be relocated near our Northern shores
- 'Massive oil-gas hub' planned in Pengerang, Johor
- Massive petroleum terminal in Johor: a 'Jurong Island' off our northern shores
- Massive oil terminal considered at Pengerang Johor
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