By Zaki Salleh
PANGKOR: Recreational activities and sea sports in the coastal area around Pangkor Island are temporarily suspended following the rough sea conditions believed to be the effect of Cyclone Mocha.
The situation was shared by local residents through several video recordings.
It shows that rough seas produce waves that are bigger than normal and overflow into the vehicle path.
The Chairman of the Manjung Municipal Council (MPM), Syamsul Hazeman Md Salleh said that the big waves have been hitting the waters most noticeably at Teluk Nipah Beach for the past four days.
According to him, the situation is affected by the weather the country is currently facing which is in the transitional phase of the Southwest monsoon.
MPM has also issued an order to stop all activities and recreation at sea as a safety measure until a date to be announced later.
Earlier, the Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) issued a Category 1 warning of strong winds and rough seas for the waters of Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak and North Malacca Straits.
Strong northwest winds of 40 to 50 kilometres per hour (km/h) with waves reaching up to 3.5 metres in height are expected in those waters and are dangerous for small boats, marine recreation and marine sports.