MIRI, March 22: Several measures need to be taken to improve facilities and equipment at all lighthouses in Sarawak, including the installation of fences and video surveillance (CCTV).
Minister of Transport Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin emphasised that a study would also be done on the suitability of installing solar panels at each lighthouse.
“Starting Jan 4, 2022, the Sarawak Buoy and Lighthouse Board has been placed under the supervision of the Ministry of Transport (MOT),” he said in a news report by Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) today.
Lee together with several MOT officers visited the Tanjung Lobang lighthouse here to inspect the conditions of the buoys and lighthouses in Kuala Baram and Tanjung Lopang Miri.
The Tanjung Lobang lighthouse was first built by the British government in 1936. The location was also where the Japanese troops landed in Sarawak during the Second World on Dec 16, 1941.
After being destroyed during the Japanese occupation, it was rebuilt and used til this day.
Apart from Tanjung Lobang Lighthouse, there are six other lighthouses in Sarawak, namely at Tanjung Dato, Tanjong Po, Tanjung Jerijeh, Tanjung Sirik, Tanjung Kidurong and Tanjung Baram.
Also present was Miri Traffic Management and Navigation Assistance Unit Marine officer Mohammad Amrun Hafey. — DayakDaily