Category: Tourism News
Visitors at Chew Jetty bite off more than they can chew
by jolynn francis
CHEW Jetty residents are fuming mad with local tourists who display a lack of civic mindedness when visiting the iconic area in George Town.
Ong Chiew Kee, 60, who has been living there for the past 30 years, said most of the time, it is the local tourists who disregard the importance of keeping the place clean.
“We seldom have problems with tourists from Europe, Japan or Korea. It is mostly our locals who litter the jetty,” she said when met recently.
She said she often found discarded food packagings stuck at her fence.
“Sometimes, my fence is also sticky with melted ice-cream and syrup drinks.
“Most of the residents here have to clean up the jetty’s main walkway and the surroundings every evening, otherwise the stench from the rubbish may get unbearable,” she added.
Ong also complained that the residents’ privacy was affected as tourists would just walk into their homes to take pictures.
Another resident and food seller, who declined to be named, said there has been cases of tourists coming to the jetty before opening time at 9am and playing music, either on their portable devices or smartphones, loudly.
“They would come as early as 6am and play the music very loud.
“We don’t mind them coming three hours before opening time, but all we ask is for them to respect the residents living here,” she said.
During a visit to the jetty recently, The Star’s photographer and reporter also bore witness to another senior resident scolding a tourist for allegedly knocking down her potted plant.
Chew Siew Pheng, 38, a resident, found that the poles her family had recently installed to act as a fencing for their home, had beenvandalised.
“We used to live here without fences but now we feel the need to have them to prevent visitors from trespassing our property.
“Those visiting need to know how to behave and show some respect to theresidents living here,” she said.
Meanwhile, Chew Jetty chairman Chew Hock Ean and state Tourism Development Committee chairman Danny Law Heng Kiang, when contacted, said they would look into the matter first before commenting on it.
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