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MATTA lauds tourism-friendly proposals - October 30, 2017

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) has lauded Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for recognizing the potential of tourism to generate revenue for the country.

MATTA president Datuk Tan Kok Liang said the association is delighted that 2020 has been declared as the next Visit Malaysia Year and that a target of 36mill visitors has been set with a view to bringing in at least RM168bill in tourism receipts by 2020.

"Major events, such as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) and World Congress on  Information Technology (WCIT) will also be held in conjunction with VMY 2020.”

“MATTA had proposed funding for capacity building in the travel sector and RM2bil was allocated to SMEs for training programmes, grants and soft loans under SME Corp. The allocation of RM500 million on infrastructure development will strengthen rural tourism and homestay, including eco-tourism facilities like jetties, toilets, and signage."

He also said that that MATTA had also asked that incentives are currently given to inbound and domestic tour operators be continued and conditions eased to help new and small players.

“With eVisa regional hub expansion, Malaysia is certain to attract more visitors from

countries with access to this facility. The upgrading of international airports in Penang

and Langkawi, and domestic airports at Kota Bharu, Mukah and Sandakan will ensure

greater comfort and convenience to air travelers.”

“With the completion of the West Coast Expressway linking Banting to Taiping and making Lumut within 90 minutes of Kuala Lumpur, Pangkor's tourism is set for expansion and will now boom with duty-free statuses like Langkawi and Labuan. But developments must be properly planned and controlled, and pristine parts of the island maintained for tourism to be sustainable, as the island is much smaller than Langkawi or Penang. It is a haven for ecotourism,” he added.


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State to hold ‘Revisit Pahang 2018’ - October 11, 2017

TEMERLOH: Come next year, the Pahang government will organize a “Re-Visit Pahang 2018” (RVP2018) programme as an extension of its tourism promotion efforts during Visit Pahang Year 2017 (VPY2017).

State tourism and culture committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin said the programme would be launched at the end of this year and for now, was planned to be held from January to June next year.He said one factor which led to RVP2018 was the many new attractions which were discovered during VPY2017, and that it would be a loss if these places were not promoted.

“One of the new attractions identified was Gunung Senyum in Maran, which is a choice destination for people who love rock climbing as it is challenging. He said RVP2018 would also help homestay and hotel operators as well as others who would benefit from the economic spillover. — Bernama


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Famed temple plays host to children- October 10, 2017

KUANTAN: After 12 years, the Lao Zi Temple, located on the way to the former mining town of Sungai Lembing, held a drawing and coloring contest for Chinese primary school pupils.

Caretaker Kui Fook Weng, 79, said his father and temple founder decided to organize the event to bring joy to the pupils.“Even though they live in Kuantan, some do not have the time to visit the temple as their parents are often busy with work.“So we decided to ask the management of the schools to bring them here for a short visit, as well as to take part in a contest.Kui said nine schools with 72 pupils took part in the contest.

It was divided into two categories – aged seven to nine and 10 to 12.He said the top three and 10 consolation prizes each were prepared for the winners.In addition, light refreshments were served to the pupils and accompanying teachers before they were taken on a guided tour around the temple.“The event was also an avenue to promote the temple as a religious tourism site.“We hope more locals and foreigners will pay us a visit when in Kuantan,” he said.

Kui said they would constantly upgrade more deities and other attractions to bring in more visitors.“We would like to express our gratitude to the state government for helping to promote our temple as a tourist site under its religious tourism package,” he said.The temple is famed for the Golden Dragon, said to be the longest in the world, and the 7m-high replica of Lao Zi, the founder of Taoism.The Malaysia Book of Records has certified it as “The Longest Dragon Statue” in the country.

Every year, about 100,000 visitors, including those from Thailand, Myanmar, and Singapore, pay homage to Lao Zi.Other attractions include a fish pond surrounded by the 12 Chinese zodiac signs, a brass image of the Goddess of Mercy dating back to the Ming dynasty, monkey god, a pair of Earth dragons, Prosperity Buddha, 18 disciples of Buddha, eight fairies, statues of God and Goddess of Heaven, Confucius, Gods of Wealth, God of Beggars, a three-legged toad, a wishing bell and a pair of longevity and prosperity tortoises.Among the latest collections are a family of Panda bears, the replica of life-size dinosaurs, two Chinese unicorns – a symbol of long life, peace and harmony – and 12 Chinese Zodiac animals on both sides of the main road leading into the temple.


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E-commerce for Indians in Bentong- October 10, 2017

BENTONG: The Government will assist the Indian community in Bentong by providing them with training and courses in e-commerce, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

Speaking at a Deepavali celebration in Kampung Telemong multipurpose hall here, the Bentong MP said the Government wants to empower the Indian community, as well as youths in his constituency, to be involved in e-commerce.“As our country is fast developing, we want to make sure that there are ample job opportunities for young people in Bentong.“When there is growth in the tourism industry and increase in economic activity, there will be more job opportunities here.

Liow, who is MCA president, attended two Deepavali celebrations organized by local MIC leaders in Kampung Telemong and Taman Bukit Dinding here yesterday.He also presented the poor with rice and ang pow, to help ease their financial burden as the Festival of Light draws near.“We want Bentong residents to be able to celebrate Deepavali with utmost joy,” Liow said.Earlier in Putrajaya, Liow presented a RM2mil allocation to SJKC Dengkil, thanks to a special allocation from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The allocation will be used to build a three-storey block that will house 24 classrooms.Liow said the money received by the school was on top of the RM50mil the Government has allocated to Chinese primary schools this year.Also present were the school’s board of directors chairman Datuk Chan Meng Poh, Sepang MCA chief Datuk Ng Chok Sin and headmaster Wong See Lee.

Chan, who thanked the Prime Minister on behalf of the school, said the new building was expected to be ready next year.He said once the new block is ready, students would be able to study in a more comfortable environment.SJKC Dengkil, which has been around for nearly 60 years, has 652 students.


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Help develop Pahang, Chinese youths urged - September 30, 2017

KUANTAN: The Regent of Pahang has made an appeal to Chinese youths to help develop the state.

Saying Malaysia’s success over the last 60 years was mainly due to mutual respect and understanding among the various races, Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah believed that the young Chinese can make a huge contribution to Pahang.

“We have a social contract, and all youths should understand this and our Constitution. It is important not to forget our roots and the understanding that we inherited from our forefathers.

“From time to time, there will be problems but do not spoil everything because of that. We have a state government, Sultan, and Tengku Mahkota. We have to abide by the system,” the Regent said during an audience with Chinese youth organizations here yesterday.

Tengku Abdullah said if the people respected the royal institution, “we will reciprocate in kind”.

“I am not asking for votes, only your loyalty. We do not want to see this country plunge into chaos,” he added.

Tengku Abdullah urged the youth bodies to give him their ideas to help build a constructive relationship with the palace.

“Give us your ideas and we will study it. This is what I would like to focus on over the next few years to benefit the state,” he said.

During the event, the various representatives spoke on a wide range of issues, which included agricultural land allocation, tourism promotion, economic development, environmental issues, and patriotism. In response, the Regent proposed the setting up of an economic council for all races in Pahang.

On environmental problems, he said the state government should not be solely blamed as enforcement was difficult to carry out in a big state like Pahang.

On land allocation, Tengku Abdullah said this must be done fairly for all races to help create employment.

“The government is making the effort so I want to see support from the Chinese community,” he added.

Also present at the event were MCA Religious Harmony Bureau chairman Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker and Federation of Pahang Chinese Associations youth chief Datuk Ong Chong Keng.


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