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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


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.


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.


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.


Weaving tradition into 21st century - September 16, 2017

BATIK and songket are among the textiles Malaysia can boast of, but there is another unique fabric weaving method, while lesser known, that we can take equal pride in -- Tenun Pahang Diraja.The fine fabric produced in Pahang using this centuries-old silk weaving technique is commonly worn as sarongsampinselendang and other traditional clothing.Tenun Pahang recently gained recognition when Johor princess Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Ibrahim wore a dress made from the fabric for her wedding.The fabric had been given to Tunku Tun Aminah by her aunt Tengku Puan Pahang Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Iskandar.

Although Tenun Pahang has been around for centuries, the industry only flourished lately under the patronage of Tunku Azizah to the point it was conferred royal status in 2006.She said recently this unique cultural heritage would be lost within a few more years if there were no steps taken to preserve it.As to its origins, Institut Kemahiran Tenun Pahang Diraja Tengku Ampuan Besar Meriam manager Fairuz Hafiezal Rosli said it was believed that a Bugis nobleman named Tok Tuan brought the technique to Pahang in the 17th century.“The technique is believed to have come from Riau or Sulawesi. There was already silk weaving in Pahang at that time but the nobleman improved it and it eventually became known as Tenun Pahang.

“He expanded the weaving technique and since then, it has been passed down through the generations as a heritage of Pahang,” he said.Fairuz said a feature of Tenun Pahang was the thin lines called “sepit udang” that distinguished it from other types of woven silk.

Among the basic patterns produced as Tenun Pahang were horizontal lines and squares besides other contemporary designs, he added.Fairuz said the making of Tenun Pahang was a very complicated process that required plenty of patience.“The steps involved are melikasmewarnameneraimenganingmenyusukmenggulungmengarat and menenun. It starts from separating the silk all the way to weaving using the traditional loom known as kek siam.“It is time-consuming work and those who wish to pick up this craft must have patience as a trait. We usually allow trainees to try it out first to see if they have interest,” he said.

Tourism and Culture Ministry deputy secretary-general (management) Datuk Yean Yoke Heng said Tenun Pahang had undergone an evolution and could be applied to modern fashion design in line with current trends and style.“Besides the design, Tenun Pahang Diraja products have also gone through a development process in the form of function. It is no longer solely focused on fashion but produced for broader purpose such as souvenirs, corporate gifts and interior decoration,” Yean said at the launch of the Projek Kraf Kampungku Tenun Pahang Diraja here last month.

The project involved 12 entrepreneurs from six locations in Pekan with a total of 66 weavers.Yean said it was hoped that the project could increase production of the handicraft.“The good reception by Tenun Pahang entrepreneurs towards Projek Kraf Kampungku shows they are ready to carry Pekan as the main district of Tenun Pahang production. It will directly help it to become the signature product of Pahang,” he said.

Tenun Pahang fabric gets wider attention and broader use

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