BFM 89.9

Podcast  >  Bigger Picture  >  Earth Matters  >  Is A New International Airport in Tioman The Way To Go?

Is A New International Airport in Tioman The Way To Go?

Julian Hyde, General Manager, Reef Check Malaysia

28-Jun-23 15:00

Is A New International Airport in Tioman The Way To Go?

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report for a new international airport on Pulau Tioman has been made public and is now open for review and comments from the public - plans include 141.6ha of reclamation, moving corals, and quarrying. Pulau Tioman is known for its beautiful beaches, and the island hosts three related marine ecosystems: coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves. Visitors head to Tioman in search of nature-related adventures, and tourism on islands has a huge economic impact and importance. But locals, environmentalists and conservationists are concerned with this proposed new airport, as they believe it will not only negatively impact the ecosystems there, but also that the existing social infrastructure is insufficient for the increased tourist numbers that will come with a new airport. Should we be investing in large-scale tourism infrastructure in this current environment, or should we be looking long term, and preparing our tourism destinations for a different reality: small groups; authentic experiences; peace and quiet? We discuss this and more with Julian Hyde, the General Manager of Reef Check Malaysia.

Image Credit: MEMBERHS /

Produced by: Juliet Jacobs

Presented by: Juliet Jacobs

This and more than 60,000 other podcasts in your hand. Download the all new BFM mobile app.

Categories:  governmenteconomyenvironment

Tags:  island tourismTioman Island International Airportpulau tiomanreef check malaysialand reclamationunsustainable tourismcoral reefs

Play / Pause

Listen now : Pick of the Pops (REPEAT) #533

Today’s Shows

10:00 AM

Pick of the Pops (REPEAT) #533

12:00 PM

Bar None (REPEAT)

BATC 2024 & The Fallout...; Fabian Mark Peter, Sports Journalist, New Straits Times

1:00 PM

Ringgit & Sense (REPEAT)

Tools To Help You Invest On Bursa Malaysia; Stephanie Tan, Head of Investor Strategy and Development, Bursa Malaysia

1:30 PM

The Property Show (REPEAT)

The Pros And Cons Of Build-Then-Sell; Datuk NK Tong, President, REHDA

2:00 PM

Cruise Control (REPEAT)

The Top 10 Most Searched EVs in North America; Daniel Fernandez, Managing Editor,

3:00 PM

Resource Centre (REPEAT)

MSP274 Weird Science: Faking It; Matt Armitage, Founder, Kulturpop

4:00 PM

The Bigger Picture (REPEAT)

What’s Politics #11 - Rich Got Richer, Poor Got Poorer; Peter Beattie, Political Economist, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

5:00 PM

TED Radio Hour

6:00 PM

Earth Matters (REPEAT)

Scaling up Survival: Protecting Pangolins from Exploitation and Extinction; Kanitha Krishnasamy, Director, TRAFFIC Southeast Asia | Elizabeth John, Senior Communications Officer, TRAFFIC Southeast Asia

7:00 PM

Back To Back (REPEAT)

Ep97: Phoenix

9:00 PM

The Selector