JOHOR BARU: The public have been warned against recreational activities along some beaches in Johor and the northern part of the country due to the current rough weather.
In Johor, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency is urging parents to keep their children off the beaches during the school holidays.
Southern Region commander First Admiral Zulkifli Abu Bakar said strong winds, high waves and thunderstorms were expected to hit the shores of Mersing, Tanjung Sedili, Desaru, Sungai Rengit and East Johor until next Thursday.
The winds could go up to 60km per hour while the waves could measure over 5.5m, he warned.
Current weather conditions, he said, would also be dangerous for those involved in maritime activities, including fishermen and oil rig workers.
“Sea conditions are dangerous even to swimmers. Although this is the holiday season, there are many other family activities which do not involve going to the beach,” Zulkifli said.
The Meteorological Department also advised against recreational activities and sea sports in the waters off Langkawi, Perlis, northern Kedah and Sandakan due to strong winds, which were expected to continue until Saturday.
However, it assured the public that the Tropical Storm Washi, which battered southern Philippines over the weekend and left hundreds dead or missing was not heading towards Sabah and Sarawak.
Its director-general Datuk Yap Kok Seng said the storm was expected to move south-westwards from Palawan in the Philippines and would be closer to Vietnam.
He said the forecast for thunderstorms, rough seas and strong winds until Dec 29 was due to the monsoon. - theStarOnline