HOTELIERS have expressed concern over the performance of those assigned to upkeep the Batu Ferringhi beach area.
Shangri-La's Rasa Sayang Resort & Spa and Golden Sands Resort director of communications Suleiman Tunku Abdul Rahman said the performance "still falls short of the desired standards".
"This has led to hotel staff and volunteers having to organise periodic beach clean-up campaigns or assign additional personnel to perform ad hoc rubbish collection and disposal near their property," he said.
Suleiman added that if the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) was unable to secure the services of a long-term contractor to ensure regular beachfront rubbish collection and disposal, the hoteliers were ready to meet and discuss a solution to the problem.
It was earlier reported that the Malaysian Association of Hoteliers (MAH) Penang chapter had proposed that hotels in Tanjung Bungah and Batu Ferringhi adopt the stretch of beach in front of their premises.
State Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow reportedly said that would help the authorities to keep the beaches clean.
Suleiman said hoteliers had been thinking about the beachfront adoption idea for some time.
He said the upkeep of the Batu Ferringhi beach stretch during weekends and other peak periods was a matter of concern as trash are strewn about indiscriminately during those times.
Suleiman said there was a need for decisive action with regards to issues such as the removal of illegal structures along the public beach, such as ugly benches, shacks, unsightly umbrellas and broken deck chairs and stalls set up by beach operators without permission.
"This include a no soliciting rule for beach operators and vendors when guests are relaxing in the sun within hotel or resort premises.
"There are daily incidents of privacy intrusion, harassment and unwanted attention," he said, adding that this could lead to tourists avoiding Penang in the future, as they expected privacy.