17 January 2018
Media reports on Monday (Jan 15) covered news of a Royal Malaysian Navy ship KD Terengganu being deployed to rescue 93 stranded on Tioman island.
Readers have cheered the Malaysian navy’s move, with many expressing relief that the tourists in question managed to get some help.
Some even joked the stranded tourists scored a cool free ride on a navy ship, and managed to check off an item on their bucket list.
But a few wondered whether holidaying on an island famed for its beach resorts during this monsoon period was a good idea, where it had left these people stranded.
And more importantly, did it really warrant the involvement of the Malaysian navy?
… Koh Swee Lean Collin is a research fellow with the maritime security programme at the Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.
IDSS / Online
Last updated on 23/01/2018