KUALA TERENGGANU (The Star): A wild party on Pulau Perhentian attended by about 200 teenagers – invited via Facebook – was cut short by council officers who were tipped off that the gathering was getting brazen.
Themed “Come bare under the moonlight”, the booze-and-drug party was held at a secluded beach on the island and had scantily-clad teenagers, some of them foreigners, dancing and drinking the night away.
Officers from the Besut District Council, who got wind of the party from the locals, went to the scene on speedboats. On seeing them, the teenagers ran helter-skelter.
The officers confiscated crates of alcoholic drinks worth about RM90,000, loudspeakers, audio equipment, psychotropic pills and drug paraphernalia.
A police report was lodged and the authorities believe the organiser had arranged similar parties in Langkawi, Port Dickson and other popular holiday resorts.
Outraged over the incident, state Health, Unity and Consumer Affair Committee chairman Dr Abdul Rahman Mokthar said the state government was forming snoop squads to tip off the authorities of such parties on the island.
“We are getting the villagers and hotel workers to alert us immediately if they come across such immoral parties in the future,” he said.
Dr Abdul Rahman, who is also Kuala Besut assemblyman, said there had been numerous complaints of such parties on the island previously.
“We have yet to catch anyone red-handed but with the cooperation of the islanders, we are sure we can put a stop to them,” he told The Star yesterday.
Dr Abdul Rahman said the state government had directed the authorities to arrest those who gather at public places to indulge in illicit activities.
“There will be no leniency for those caught, regardless of whether they are domestic or foreign tourists.
“There are many entertainment outlets on the island and revellers should not go naked in public places,” he said.
On the statement by Terengganu PAS Youth secretary Wan Mohd Faizul Wan Abas that holiday islands in the state had been used for wild parties, Dr Abdul Rahman said the state government was doing its best to curb the menace.