Port Dickson has always been one of the most visited spots for local tourists, especially the ones who wish to escape for a second from the hustle and bustle of the city; hence making it a good spot for small businesses like canopy rentals to thrive.
But, if you’ve been to Port Dickson recently, you might’ve realised that the amount of rented canopies being put up by the beach have increased more than it should’ve been compared to the previous years. If that bothers you, don’t feel too bad because you’re not the only one.
Recently, the canopies’ manager in Teluk Kemang beach in Port Dickson have been found to violate the rules and regulations set by the City Council of Port Dickson (MPPD). MPPD has previously set a limit on the amount of canopies allowed to be put up on the spot, so that it wouldn’t block the visitors’ view of the beach itself.
However, the amount of visitors have increased during the holidays and you know how it goes — the higher the demand, the more the supply. Hence the violation of agreement that results in complaints lodged by visitors to MPPD. They have described how the spot looks like a local pasar tani rather than a beach, and stated how it’s an eyesore.
According to some visitors who were interviewed by Berita Harian, “We got there in the morning, laid our mats in a strategic location to enjoy the panoramic view but we were instructed to move to another location because it’s where they put their canopies up.” While another visitor, Johar Ahmad, stated “Not everyone is able to afford to rent a whole canopy, and we’re only there for a couple of hours the most. The view was picturesque, but we can’t even see our own kids playing in the water because of (the tents).”
Despite the complaints lodged, Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun, the Chief Minister of Negeri Sembilan, has stated that they are trying to understand both sides. They won’t deny the rights of the canopies’ manager of seeing an opportunity and making a business out of it, especially during the pandemic. But at the same time, they are listening to the complaints and stern action will be taken if the rules and regulations are violated again.
What do you think, do you like having canopies at the beach, or do you like soaking in the sun?