Betulkah email yg kata pemandu pelancong utk ke pulau perhentian guna minyak dagu/guna-guna utk 'menggoda dan mengguna' wanita cantik jepun/korea/china/Barat yg keseorangan? sesapa boleh komen?
Tale of horny boatmen has Terengganu in a buzz
KUALA TERENGGANU: Sexual advances by boatmen, drinks spiked with drugs and black magic – could all this be happening to tourists going to Terengganu’s famous Redang and Perhentian islands?
Such stories surfaced some years back, sparked by an e-mail that alleged a Japanese tourist was charmed and seduced by a “beach boy” who offered her a drink of mineral water.
The tales have returned and a recent e-mail charged that boatmen carrying visitors to the two islands had outraged the modesty of women tourists and taking advantage after offering them drinks spiked with drugs.
The state government, however, has pooh-poohed such stories.
The writer of the e-mail, purportedly an Italian visitor who used the name HC BOO, sent her message worldwide last month, claiming that the boatmen would first befriend women travelling alone.
She said: “The most important thing is, don’t drink the mineral water and don’t apply the sun block cream given by the boatmen.”
The writer claimed she stayed at the islands for two weeks for a research she was doing and had observed “a lot of things done by the local boatmen to the ladies visiting there.”
She said the boatmen usually target “dumb Oriental and Western women” but will not touch those who are accompanied by men.
The writer alleged the victims could have been given minyak dagu, or corpse oil, a type of magic spell that makes them lose inhibition and fall into a trance.
“I asked one of the victims and she said she didn’t remember anything. But she said she had a dream in which she was fondled by the locals,” HC BOO said.
State Tourism, Culture, Arts and Heritage deputy committee chairman Wan Abdul Hakim Wan Mokthar expressed dismay over the e-mail, which he described as “hogwash to disrepute the two popular tourist destinations.”
“We have not received any report about foreign ladies being sexually abused at these islands,” he said.
Nevertheless, he added, he will meet the resort operators and the police to get to the bottom of the issue.
He said most boatmen plying these islands from the mainland are commissioned by resort operators and they would know if these cases really occurred.
He added that he just had a meeting with state tourism operators and nothing about this was highlighted and no police report had been made.
Wan Hakim said the state was willing to investigate if the so-called victims come forward.