KUANTAN: The state government has submitted a proposal to alleviate the traffic congestion in Cameron Highlands to the federal government. Its Tourism, Environment and Plantations Committee chairman, Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said the proposal among others included opening alternative road and implementation of one-way routes. He said the matter, however, would be decided at the federal level as Cameron Highlands, was an income generator in tourism industry, which was one of the sectors contributing to country’s revenue.
“I can’t say for certain when it (proposal) would be implemented as it needed an allocation from the federal (government) as it also benefited from the revenue (generated by Cameron Highlands).“We suggested measures to ease the congestion thereby creating an alternative route or implementing one-way road (system),” he told a Press conference after launching the state’s tourism product exhibition here today. Mohd Sharkar said tourism industry was the third largest contributor to the country’s income and needed to be further strengthened though clearer vision and directions.
He said cooperation with industry key players like hotels, tourism products should be enhanced particularly in ensuring the products remain relevant and tourist choice of destination, both the domestic and foreign visitors. “I believe that with the right strategy, it is not impossible for tourism to be the number one industry in the country,” he said.
On a separate matter, Mohd Sharkar, who is also an Umno supreme council member, dismissed allegation by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) supreme council member Datuk A. Kadir Jasin that 40 Umno members of parliament jumping ship as mere psychology war. He said the statement made by the prominent figure in journalism was a proof that the party led by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was in trouble and unstable.
“Why would (he) say that (Umno MPs jumping ship)?; (it was) as if they (PPBM) are facing problems. “We (Umno) had never harassed and asked others to join our party...it showed that we didn’t have such problems,” he said.