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Tanjung Piai is a cape in Pontian District, Johor, Malaysia. It is the southernmost point of Peninsular Malaysia and thus the most southern point of mainland Eurasia. The skyline of Singapore is visible across the Johor Strait from the point. It features seafood restaurants, perched on wooden jetties that are surrounded by a rugged and rarefied coastline of unspoiled mangrove forests.
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0.33 nautical miles south of the point, at the edge of the dries, is a 15-metre light tower which flashes once every 3 seconds and houses a radar transponder beacon which transmits the Morse letter "M".
Tanjung Piai coastal mangrove is an internationally important Ramsar site. Under the Ramsar Convention, the government and relevant stakeholders have an obligation to ensure the mangrove ecosystem and its values are maintained. Erosion at the site needs to be minimized to safeguard the ecological integrity of the mangrove ecosystem. The root causes of the erosion need to be eliminated or reduced.
Tanjung Piai is a nationally important icon, being one of only five Ramsar sites in Malaysia. Tanjung Piai is also an important nature site in Johor, being the 3rd designated park of Johor National Park Corporation. Tanjung Piai has high socio-economic value for fisheries. The site is a destination for ecotourism, attracting 32,360 visitors in 2006. The site is located on the southernmost tip of mainland Asia and is listed as a priority site for national ecotourism.
Tanjung Piai has 22 mangrove tree species. It is also an important habitat for migratory and resident birds. These include the IUCN-listed vulnerable species, such as the Lesser Adjutant Stork. It is part of the Important Bird Area (IBA) of southwest Johor, which extends from Parit Jawa to Tanjung Piai. The southwest Johor mangroves are ecologically important as a natural barrier for protecting the inland villages and agricultural lands from storm events, including tsunamis.
The federal constituency was created in the 2003 redistribution and is mandated to return a single member to the Dewan Rakyat under the first past the post voting system.
Tanjung Piai has been the focus of people nationwide due to the by-election following the death of incumbent Pakatan Harapan MP Datuk Dr Md Farid Md Rafik. Election Commission Returning Officer Zulkifli Mohd Tahir declares Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng ('Wee') the winner of the Tanjung Piai by-election with a majority of 15,086 votes whereby Wee garnered 25,466 votes to emerge victorious in the six-cornered fight for the parliamentary constituency.
- "Tanjung Piai". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
- Hydrographic Office chart 4038, Johor Strait Western Part
- "Tanjung Piai centre of attention". The Star Online. 2019-11-15. Retrieved 2019-12-12.
- "Barisan Nasional wins Tg Piai by-election with 15,086 vote majority". The Star Online. 2019-11-16. Retrieved 2019-12-12.
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