The Danga Bay Marina is gone! They have started filling the area where we were docked just a couple of weeks earlier. The barge moved in, banged up against one of the pilings and pushed it into a lean, got his anchor chain caught onthe wrong side of another piling and generally had a difficult time getting situated in the tight spaces between the little stationary tug barge and pilings. Soon, though he began spewing sand off the end of the conveyor belt. When they leave, there is always a lot of churning water as their props are partially out of the water as they've dumped their load and the entire boat has risen in the water by a few feet. I'm finding it pretty interesting to watch this whole process.
Jason in the "Yachtie Room" at Danga Bay Marina Club. We spent our days in this air-conditioned room with free wifi. It's just too hot to sit on the boat during the day. Since there is nobody staying at the marina, we had good internet speed and got a lot done! The marina manager is being paid to do nothing until the 'new marina' gets built. They want to build a small marina for mega-yachts. Nobody wants to deal with us little yachties. We aren't really clear just where that new marina is to be. If they keep piling sand on both sides of this river, there won't be room for a mega-yacht to get this far.
They require biometric finger prints so we must submit the application in person. They seemed almost unable to deal with my new passport as it didn't have a stamp showing I was even in Malaysia. Luckily, I had my old passport with the Immigration stamp date matching the issue date of the new passport, so they accepted our explanation and the submission of the application, but reminded us repeatedly that there were no refunds, even if the visas were denied. And they don't give reasons for why they don't give you the visa requested. Just throw lots of money out there and hope someone is feeling happy that day.