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Kuantan draft plan unveiled - July 13, 2017
Kuantan draft plan unveiled - July 13, 2017
A challenging race in Tioman - July 10, 2017
A challenging race in Tioman - July 10, 2017
Kuantan draft plan unveiled - July 13, 2017

KUANTAN: A replacement for the Kuantan 2035 Local District Draft Plan has been unveiled and the public have one month to scrutinise it.

PLANMalaysia deputy director-general (planning) Rokibah Abdul Latif said the report will be displayed at the Kuantan Municipal Council (MPK) lobby and the PLANMalaysia@Pahang office at Kompleks Tun Razak, Indera Mahkota until Aug 10.

The replacement is for the first plan which was unveiled in 2015.

“The report can also be viewed at the PLANMalaysia and MPK websites,” she said at the launch of the draft plan viewing here.

Rokibah said the replacement was necessary considering the latest scenario, trends and pressures of development as well as the importance of state projects.

She said the replacement draft was made after taking into account the Government’s commitment at the national level and also the development of high impact projects such as the East Coast Rail Line, the new state administration centre in KotaSAS as well as the East Coast Economic Region master plan.

“The report explains in detail each component of proposed lot-based land use based on the development, analysis and projection cores that have been set according to five focus areas,” said Rokibah.

These focus areas are sustainable land development and disaster risk management, safe and inclusive community development, tourism and sustainable town design, economic, agro-based industries, forestry development and sustainable mining as well as effective administration.

Rokibah said five briefing sessions and a mobile counter will be set up during the publicity period at the Kuantan Urban Transformation Centre, the Balok, Gambang and Tanjung Lumpur public halls and the Sungai Lembing old theatre to get public feedback.

State Housing and Township Committee chairman Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said the publicity period is a platform for the public to give their views and suggestions before the draft is gazetted by the state government.

“If the public requests for an extension, we may consider it. What is important is for the people to really understand what we are planning,” he said.

Present at the launch were state secretary Datuk Seri Muhammad Safian Ismail and MPK president Datuk Fadzilla Salleh.

A challenging race in Tioman - July 10, 2017

ROMPIN: The diversity of flora and fauna in Pulau Tioman is once again the centre of most challenges in this year’s Sultan Ahmad Shah Tioman International Challenge (Sastiec).

The 10th edition of the race saw the most number of participants, with 183 runners taking on the longest route of its kind at 50km.

The task of climbing Gunung Kajang on the island really tested the participants’ mental and physical fitness and they admitted it was the toughest race they ever took part in.

Event director Col Datuk Thong Kok Seng said the world class full marathon’s gruelling challenges had however not jeopardised the purpose of the event in promoting the flora and fauna of the island.

“The challenges we have in this event have in fact attracted an increasing number of participants since its inception in 2008.

In that year, only 80 runners took part but the number kept on increasing yearly.

“Despite the longest distance this year, we received the most number of participants, proving that the challenges are just a piece of cake for them. We started with a 35km distance in the beginning and the further the distance that we set, the more runners took part. This proves the event is successful,” he said.

One of the runners passing through a rocky and steep stretch.


Thong added that Pulau Tioman offers a nice place for every aspect of tourism.

“The runners do not come alone. They bring along their friends and relatives. I was told that the island is suitable for honeymooners, which is another niche market in the state’s tourism industry.

“This is win-win situation for everyone when people visit here throughout the year and the race is another pulling factor for tourist arrival,” he said.

Sastiec president Datuk Seri Tengku Kamarulzaman Sultan Abu Bakar said the event was very much attributed to the Pahang Ruler Sultan Ahmad Shah, who loves nature, adventure and outdoor activities.

Tengku Kamarulzaman said the inauguration was a resounding success and Sultan Ahmad Shah had said in his speech in 2008 that he would like to see the event being organised annually.

“In conjunction with Sultan Ahmad Shah’s 80th birthday in 2011, we planned a special route to take participants to an idyllic village on the southern corner of Tioman called Kampung Nipah. It is here that the late Sultan Abu Bakar was said to have resided in the old days during his visits to Tioman.

“As years passed, the event focused on testing the participants’ endurance in traversing the jungle of Pulau Tioman. We have had themes such as ‘The Nature’s Race’, ‘The Culture Race’ where participants took part in local traditional games as well as the marathon, and in 2015, we named the event ‘Ruby Jubilee Race’ in honour of the sultan’s 40th year of reign as the Sultan of Pahang.

“For 2016, we designed a gruelling race called ‘The Adventure Race’ combining the four natural elements of Pulau Tioman, which are its white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, pristine mountain and rugged mountain terrain, to test the endurance of the runners.

Tengku Kamarulzaman said 2017 was a special milestone for the organiser of Sastiec as it was the 10th year since the race’s inception in 2008.

The partcipants making their way uphill during the race.


“It has been 10 challenging years since we organised the first ‘Toughest Adventure Race in South-East Asia’ and to commemorate this special event we named our anniversary race this year ‘The Race of the Decade’.

Tengku Kamarulzaman said the event’s objectives included the promotion and positioning of Pulau Tioman on the world’s eco-tourism map, develop public interest in eco-tourism, promote community-based eco-tourism and economic agenda in Pahang, increase public awareness on nature conservation and sustainable tourism and also promote extreme sports, traditional games and eco-challange activities.

In the international men’s category, the Kenyans grabbed all top 10 places with Kipchirchir Lel clocking 3:54.49 to be the champion while first runner-up David Kipsang clocked 4:20.03 and Elisha Kipratich Sawe clocked 4:38.22 to win the third place.

In the international ladies’ category, the Kenyans too were the top three winners.

Champion Valentine Jepkemoi Serem recorded a time of 5:52.18, followed by Rebecca Nakuma (6:20.20) as first runner-up and Irene Kemunto Mogaka (6:27.49) as third placed.

In the local men’s category, Mohd Athird Ismail (5:07.06), Mohd Azuan Asmuni (5:14.37) and Mohammad Affindi Nudin (5:27.15) were the first, second and third placed respectively.

In the local ladies’ category, Tahira Najmunissa Muhammad Zaid (6:23.00) from Kuala Kubu Bharu, was first placed followed by Foo Kam Miew (6:37.11) from Kuala Lumpur and Norhani Mohd Jaffar (6:53.45) from Selangor.

In the veteran men’s category, Saleh Abdullah (6:20.55), Rahmat Kasbon (7:11.35) and Ong Chi Lai (7:16.01) were the top three winners.

All prizes were presented by Tengku Kamarulzaman.

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Bukit Gambang Resort City 

Bukit Gambang Resort City (BGRC) is a Premier Integrated Resort City located in the state of Pahang, Malaysia. Sprawled across 727 acres of lush secondary jungle, BGRC offers multiple attractions in one location, placing it as the ideal one-stop destination for leisure activities and MICE events.

Strategically located about 218 km from Kuala Lumpur and 35 km from the famous beach town of Kuantan, BGRC is accessible by road via the East Coast Expressway. Direct flights to Kuantan Airport are available from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Penang International Airport and Singapore Changi Airport. BGRC is a scenic 30-minute drive from the airport.

Bukit Gambang Water Park

Bukit Gambang Water Park – Malaysia Best Water Park that covers a total area of 45.8 acres, designed in a lush secondary jungle. The landscape and surrounding change naturally as the jungle matures offering the tropical ambience to the water park. Experience the longest, highest, largest and widest water-fun attractions in the country. There is always something for everyone to enjoy and a wonderland for children of all ages.

The popular attractions include:

  • Largest wave pool in Malaysia with eight different wave patterns.

  • Longest family raft ride in Malaysia.

  • Longest Canopy Slide in Malaysia.

  • Longest 6-lane racer in Malaysia.

The award- winning Bukit Gambang Water Park is truly the best destination for holiday and family bonding. Parents and toddlers can also enjoy the water slides. The Penguin Island is specially designed for children and the slides are a replica of the adult version so that everyone gets to enjoy the thrills! The whole family can also experience the gigantic splash from the Giant Pirahna. 

Bukit Gambang Safari Park

Bukit Gambang Safari Park is the largest safari park in Malaysia. The 138-acre animal sanctuary aims to bring you countless exciting encounters, up-close and personal with exotic animals from around the world. There are over 300 animal species, many of them being first of their kind in Malaysia. Bukit Gambang Safari Park is an all-weather park suitable for visitors of all ages as there are covered walkways and baby pram-friendly.

Popular Attractions:

  • Largest drive-through Wild Savannah featuring free roaming animals in their natural habitat.

  • Two Park Zones: Walking Zone and Tram Drive-Through Zone.

  • Day and night park districts.

  • The Simba Hill Gourmet Hall, the First and Only Unique Dining with White Lions Themed Restaurant in the country. 

On the show:
  • African Yabara Fire Show

  • Tarsan Adventure Show

  • Wonderful Birds Show

  • Multi-Animal Show

  • Educational Animals Briefings

Predator Show ( One of its kind " no human contact " show, showcasing the hunting behaviour and food hierarchy chain of predator animals)

Active Academy

Bukit Gambang Resort City also provides various outdoor recreational activities such as:

  • Horse-riding

  • ATV fun ride and off-road ride

  • Paint-ball target shooting

  • Paint-ball warzone

  • Flying fox

  • Sky trail

  • Outdoor Archery

  • Jungle Trekking

  • ATV Safari Adventure – approximately 45 minutes journey (6km) to get up-close with free-roaming animals from the famous African Wild Savannah by riding ATV

Stay and Relax

BGRC also offers 1,866 accommodation rooms of various categories in two themed resorts – Arabian Bay Resort and Caribbean Bay Resort. Holidaymakers also have the option of staying in the Global Heritage (126 units) which are specially designed 3 and 4-bedroom villas depicting typical houses of cities such as San Francisco, Amsterdam and Venice.

Operation Hours and Tickets  for Theme Parks - Have single and combo rates

For more information please visit www.bgrc.com.my or call Bukit Gambang Resort City at +6 09 – 548 8000.


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