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Ferry services suspended; Tioman island closed to outsiders : March 24, 2020


ROMPIN: Ferry services to Pulau Tioman has been temporarily suspended until March 31 in line with the Movement Control Order (MCO) to tackle the spread of Covid-19. Tioman assemblyman Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Hussain said ferry services from both the Mersing jetty in Johor and Tanjung Gemok jetty here have been stopped to ensure outsiders, including tourists, would not enter the island. "Ferry services from both the jetties have been stopped so no one is allowed to go to the island. We have advised those living at several villages on the island to remain at home and not leave the island to the mainland on the speedboat," he said today.

Johari, who is also the state Youth and Sports Committee chairman, assured that some 3,600 villagers living on the island have a sufficient supply of food and essentials, and will not face shortages. He said all the forward bases on the island have been fully-stocked with sufficient food supplies and other necessities. "The state government has adopted preparations similar to those used when facing the monsoon season. Food items are kept at the forward bases so people on the island will not be required to travel out. "Residents at six villages, namely Kampung Tekek, Salang, Juara, Mukut, Genting, and Paya have enough supplies and if they face shortages, arrangements will be made to send more supplies. The Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) along with the police will monitor the situation," he said.

Meanwhile, Johari said the one-off cash assistance of RM150 and food items like rice, flour, sugar and others worth RM50 for those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in the Rompin parliamentary constituency was distributed today. He said some 1,000 individuals from three constituencies namely Tioman, Muadzam Shah, and Bukit Ibam received the aid. Yesterday, the Pahang government announced special financial aid, including one-off cash assistance of RM150, to help those who suffered a loss in income due to Covid-19 in the state. Source: NST 

Famous Teluk Cempedak beach deserted : March 22, 2020

KUANTAN: The usually bustling Teluk Cempedak beach here is eerily deserted these days with no visitors and empty parking bays. The popular beach will usually be brimming with visitors, with large crowds during the weekends and school holidays. However, following the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) on March 18 to curb the spread of Covid-19, and the "partial lockdown" of selected districts in Pahang yesterday, the famous beach that was once buzzing with life is now almost completely devoid of people. A handful of people were spotted at several fast-food outlets near the beach, but they left immediately after packing food. A restaurant helper said the beach area has never been this quiet. The three fast food outlets in the vicinity were always packed to the brim with patrons.

"The beach will be lively with activities especially during school holidays....there will be superhero and Disney mascots, children playing bubble balloons, people resting on the beach, stage shows and people swimming. Now the entire stretch is empty. "Business has been slow for fast-food outlets. There were some visitors during the first two days but now people have chosen to stay away," he said, adding the Kuantan Municipal Council(MPK) enforcement team regularly patrolled the area.

Meanwhile, Kuantan Municipal Council (MPK) public relations officer Norkamawati Kamal said besides Teluk Cempedak; Cherating, Balok and Batu Hitam beach are no-go zones during the 14-day MCO which ends March 31. She said banners had been put up in the area to remind visitors about MCO and MPK’s enforcement team patrolled the area regularly to ensure people adhered to orders. Source: NST

Covid-19: Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary closes doors : March 16, 2020

KUANTAN: The popular Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre (NECC) in Lanchang, Temerloh, is closed until further notice due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) announced the temporary closure of the centre on its official Facebook page today. “Please be informed that the National Elephant Conservation Centre, Kuala Gandah, Pahang is temporarily closed for visits from Monday (today) until further notice. This is as a precaution to avoid Covid-19, as suggested by the Health Ministry,” it said. Meanwhile, Kuala Gandah NECC chief Muhammad Khairul Adha Mat Amin said that no Covid-19 case was reported at the elephant sanctuary and that the move is a precautionary measure made based on the advice of the ministry.

“No case has been reported at the centre. “We usually receive a lot of visitors during the school holidays and even during the recent weekend, we received about 1,000 visitors,” he said when contacted. The centre is a popular tourist draw as visitors can feed and bathe with the pachyderms.

Popular beaches among tourist destinations in Pahang to be closed : March 17, 2020

KUANTAN: All famous beaches here will be no-go zones during the two-week restriction of movement order beginning tomorrow. Kuantan Municipal Council (MPK) public relations officer Norkamawati Kamal said Cherating, Teluk Cempedak, Balok and Batu Hitam are among the tourist destinations here that will be closed until March 31. She said besides staying away from the beaches, visitors are also advised not to go to the Teruntum Mini Zoo, Sungai Lembing, Serambi Teruntum and Balok recreational area. “We do not want the public to frequent the beaches or other areas, or gather in groups. MPK’s enforcement team will patrol the area regularly to ensure people adhere to the orders. “The Pahang Urban Transformation Centres (UTC) in the town centre and pasar malam (night market) at areas under the MPK’s jurisdiction will also not operate until March 31,” she said in a statement today. She urged the public to adhere to the order and help curb the Covid-19 outbreak. Call MPK’s Public Relations and Corporate Section at 09-512 1555 or visit MPK’s website at for further queries. Source: NST

Menara Kuantan 188 set to open this year - February 26, 2020

KUANTAN: Menara Kuantan 188, formerly known as Menara Teruntum, will be opened to visitors before the end of the year. Menteri Besar Datuk Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said the 180m tower, a project of the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC), is the newest and tallest landmark in town. "Menara Kuantan 188 will be operational before the end of this year. The tower will be ranked second after Kuala Lumpur Tower (421m). “ECERDC has been working closely with the state government to implement various high-impact public projects including the Pekan waterfront and Titik Tengah Semenanjung in Temerloh," he said in his speech during the handing over ceremony between ECERDC and the state government at the tower here on Wednesday.

ECERDC chief executive officer Baidzawi Che Mat said the new landmark, the tallest tower in the East Coast, would be a new icon to spur the state’s tourism sector and generate spillover socio-economic activities that would benefit the people. He said the design concept of the tower, with its upright and tapered profile, was inspired by the shape of the traditional Malay spear tips, as found on the coat of arms of Pahang. "The design of the tower’s viewing deck is inspired by the flowers and leaves of the White Teruntum plant. Kuantan 188 will complement other tourist attractions and destinations in Pahang. "Its viewing decks, restaurant and other activities available in the tower, as well as the surrounding attractions, will be a tourist magnet for years to come," he said in his speech.

Visitors to the tower would be able to enjoy a ride up using two glass elevator shafts to the 104m high observation deck for a 360-degree bird’s eye view of the state capital. A restaurant located 98m above ground level would also offer fantastic views of Kuantan and Sungai Kuantan. Source: NST


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