Uh-oh. It looks like someone is not really fond of the iconic treehouse as seen in the popular Hong Kong-Malaysia’s drama, “Outbound Love”. So much so that he/she has taken the liberty to get rid of it – by burning it down!
It was reported that the treehouse, located at a hidden beach in Sekinchan, was toasted to ashes. According to Oriental Daily, the fishermen nearby the area saw the treehouse on fire at around 5am one morning. No suspects were spotted on the crime scene but the incident caused much uproar among the locals and the fans of the drama.
During a press conference, Sekinchan assemblyman Ng Suee Lim said the beach is a popular recreation destination as various local dramas and movies have used the beach as a shooting location. The locals would set up vendor booths to sell fruits and snacks for the tourists. Thus, the beach is an important tourism asset in Sekinchan.
TVB artistes such as Ruco Chen and Aimee Chan starred in the Hong Kong drama which was a joint project with Malaysia’s broadcast network Astro. The whole production team were here for a month-long to shoot the drama in major cities including Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Two-thirds of the drama was shot at various tourist spots and some newly discovered places such as Sekinchan’s Redang Beach. The drama also had full support from the Penang Tourism Board as well.
Fortunately, the white treehouse was the only treehouse that got burnt down as the rest of the houses are still well-maintained and more importantly, still standing. The assemblyman has already reported the case to the authorities and hopes that people would try their best to protect and preserve the beach’s facilities.