KOTA TINGGI - The future of workers at the resort in Tanjung Sedili Besar where a surau was used by a Buddhist group for meditation are in limbo.
The resort's supervisor Kanang Margono, 29, said employees were uncertain about their fate as the authorities had yet to decide on the action against the resort owner who allowed the surau to be used by the group.
"Since the incident, our employer has decided to cancel all reservations and temporarily shut down the resort," he said.
Kanang said that there were eight other workers who lived at the staff quarters within the resort.
"We are afraid, and although the main gates are locked, we take turns to keep watch, especially at night just to ensure that no one tries to break into the area and create trouble," he said, adding that the owner, a Singaporean known as Ahmad, was "a kind person and always treated his employees well".
Mohd Nazri Mohd Yusod, 35, a religious teacher who lives in a nearby village, said the resort had attracted many tourists to the area and it was a shame that the whole situation had been blown out of proportion.
"Most of the villagers here are peaceful people but there are certain groups and non-governmental organisations from outside the area who come in and start stirring things up when they learnt what had happened," he said.
Another villager Ng Kwai Peng, 47, who works at a local coffeeshop, also said that business had dropped since the controversy surfaced.
"Prior to the incident we received bus loads of tourists and the resort owner organised trips for them so that they could see how the people here live and work," she said.