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After casting ballots, Sungai Kandis voters celebrate with durian feast - August 5, 2018

SHAH ALAM: Despite having braved the long queues and heat to cast their ballots in Sungai Kandis today, hundreds of voters are lining up a second time at nearby fruit stalls to get their durian fix. Speaking to the New Straits Times Press today, one durian seller in Sungai Kandis said many voters made a beeline for her stall, where she managed to sell 350kg of the pungent fruit in under three hours.

"I opened for business at 9 am and almost immediately, hundreds of people flocked to my stall after voting (at nearby polling centers)," she said, adding that she made more profit today than the past two weeks combined. Emy said her durians, which were brought in from Raub in Pahang, were sold between RM6 and RM18 a kilogram, and that she usually operated from 9 am to 1 am every day. 

"However, since most of the durians have been sold off already, we will have to close shop early," she said, adding that another lorry filled with durian was on its way to Sungai Kandis from Raub. Emy said she also plans to cast her vote at the nearby polling center in SK Jalan Kebun, located next to her shop, later today.

Move to boost tourism in Pahang - July 26, 2018

KUANTAN: The Pahang government will continue to promote tourism products in Kuala Tahan and Kuala Tembeling, which are the entry points to Taman Negara, said state Tourism, Environment, Plantation, and Biotechnology Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin. He said the move was taken because tourism activities in the two areas were badly affected by the massive floods in 2014.

He said among the worst affected were homestays, resorts and motels around Kuala Tahan and Kuala Tembeling, hence priority for repair and upgrading works should be at these places.“For long-term planning, the state government will also collaborate with travel agents, boat operators at the national park, as well as the media to promote the two areas,” he said.


Move to draw more tourists to Pahang - July 11, 2018

KUANTAN: Conventions, seminars, and symposiums will be held at the main method to draw tourists to Pahang, said state Tourism, Environment, Plantations, and Biotechnology Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin. He said such an approach would attract visitors to come in groups, stay overnight, spend and boost revenue for the state’s tourism sector.  Mohd Sharkar said as such, Tourism Pahang will soon be known as Pahang Tourism and Convention Bureau.

It will play its role in promoting the state as a premier destination and also provide information to the visitors, he said. “Seminars and symposiums are nothing new in the tourism industry but if they are held and actively promoted, will bring in a large number of visitors as these events involve many participants. “The bureau will play a major role in this matter and will have a comprehensive development plan and several programmes, including serious efforts in promoting events such as the bird race, billfish competition and also caving activities, which have a huge following,” he said.

He said this after a tour of the Mangala Resort & Spa in Gambang. Mohd Sharkar said the bureau will work closely with the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry for a better and wider market internationally and locally. Also present were Farm Resort Gambang managing director Datuk Franky Chua Goon Eng, Tourism Ministry Pahang Office general manager Datuk Idros Yahya and Tourism Pahang general manager Datuk Ishak Mokhtar. “The bureau will meet frequently to plan programmes and explore the direction of the tourism industry in the state.

Some tourist destinations will perhaps need to be upgraded and this can be discussed at the meetings,” said Mohd Sharkar. He also said Mangala Resort & Spa, which won the World Gold in the Environmental (Rehabilitation/Conservation) Category at the FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Awards 2018 in Dubai, would be a model venue for seminars and conventions. It was the first resort in the country to receive such an award. Praising the resort as an icon of eco-tourism destination, Mohd Sharkar said it served as an ideal getaway for those who want to enjoy greenery and privacy.


Two-day outdoor adventure awaits in Janda Baik

WONDERING where to take your family during the August school break? Why not “Go Outdoors with Star Metro Adventure Club”.To be held at Chengal Resort, Janda Baik, Pahang, on Aug 25 and 26, joint organizers Metro Adventure Club and Universal Fitness & Leisure Sdn Bhd (UFL) decided to bring back the event following the success of the last few editions.

UFL managing director Datuk Radha Krishnan said urban dwellers and thrill-seekers will definitely enjoy the new line-up of events. “Our focus is on providing a fun-filled event that can be enjoyed by the whole family with the element of adventure included,” he said. The trip would make an ideal getaway for the family as it is activity and education focused.

There will be seasoned outdoor professionals on hand who will conduct workshops and run activities, an ideal situation for those who want to answer the call of the wild but don’t know where to start. They will help participants learn basic survival, emergency preparedness, navigation and camping skills, which are on the agenda from start to end. And if you make the cut by the end of the trip, you will also be officially certified by our outdoor professionals.

During your two-day/one-night stay, there will be plenty of healthy, outdoor activities. Participants and their families will get to enjoy a Blindfold Drop Zone (zip line), WhatsApp Treasure Hunt and a nature walk on a virgin trail to name a few. There will also be a “Masterchef” Breakfast Contest, where teams will go head-to-head to whip up a meal with “interesting ingredients” in the fastest time possible.For the adventurous, there is also the Backpackers Night Explorace. Of course, you can just sit back and relax by Chengal Resort’s pond while your children have fun in the great outdoors.

Sleeping arrangements will be readily made available by our team once you arrive. Tents will be furnished with air beds, sleeping bags as well as an Igloo cooler box, but rest assured you will only be using them for sleep and nothing else. There are also toilets and showers nearby which are clean and fully equipped. Lunch, tea, and dinner are included on the first day, and brunch will be served on the second day. Campers are also privy to a make-shift pantry to appease their midnight hunger pains. Tickets are priced RM399 per person with a minimum of two guests per tent.

Each guest will also receive a goodie bag with outdoor items worth RM500, compliments of UFL. Deadline for bookings is Aug 15. To reserve your spot now, call 03-6275 9544 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The great outdoors awaits!


Come and get your fill at seminar on all things durian - July 8, 2018

DUBBED the “King of Durian”, the Musang King is widely loved and sought after by durian aficionados. This renowned fruit is also the pride and joy of the people of Raub, Pahang as the district has become the official home turf for the highly prized species. In Pahang, 95% of the cleared land will be used for durian planting.

This lucrative venture, however, can be thorny as investors plunge into this gold mine without fully understanding the industry. Organised by the Federation of Tunku Abdul Rahman College Alumni Associations, Malaysia (FTARC AA), the “Durians: The Sexiest But Thorny Business Venture” + “Durian Buffet” Seminar will be held to discuss the feasibility and viability of owning a durian business.

Five speakers will be sharing their professional experience and knowledge on durian matters during the seminar. One speaker, Prof Teh Bin Tean, whose ground-breaking research of cracking the durian genome made headlines, will be speaking on the topic “Creating the World-First Durian Genome” where he will speak about his journey from cancer research to plant research, the durian genome – its history and evolution, the story of why durian smells the way it does as well as on the impact and possibilities of genomic studies.

This seminar is a must for everyone who can’t get enough of durian. From farmers, orchard owners, traders, processors, sellers, investors, landowners to durian lovers this is the seminar for you. Participants will also be given the opportunity to sample some of the durians that comes from Raub, Pahang at a durian buffet to be laid out after the seminar. The seminar will be held on Aug 5 from 8 am to 2.30pm at the Main Hall, Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, Jalan Genting Klang, Kuala Lumpur. It costs RM250 per person. For details, contact Norraini/Claudine at 03 7802 3299 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or Sin Yee at 017-924 7338 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit


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