Thursday, November 14, 2019

彭州大臣宣布刁曼岛获准建新机场

彭州大臣宣布刁曼岛获准建新机场



马来西亚彭亨州务大臣旺罗斯迪宣布,中央政府已批准在著名海岛刁曼岛建设新机场的计划。

他昨天在彭州政府官方面簿发表声明指出,中央政府与彭州政府经过数年讨论,终于达成协议,决定落实有关计划。

他说:“根据公共工程部的建议,刁曼岛机场将建在甘榜巴耶(Kampung Paya),因为该区域对环境和人们的生活影响最小,是最适合的地点。”

他指出,新机场拥有一条长2.5公里的跑道,可让载送180人至200人的波音737型号飞机,以及A320空中客车起降。

至于费用方面,他说,将由政府及承包的私人公司分担,但细节仍在洽谈,尚未有最终定案。

旺罗斯迪也说,彭州政府相信新机场落成后,不仅能解决国内外访客登岛度假的交通问题,还能提高访岛人次,促进地方经济发展和增加就业机会。

他指出,刁曼岛每年接待约15万名游客,新机场落成后,相信游客人数会增长。“刁曼岛曾被美国《时代》杂志评为世界上最美丽的岛屿之一,我期待新机场带动游客人数增加后,岛上经济能更蓬勃发展,为当地人带来正面效应。”

刁曼岛目前有一个小型机场,只供小型飞机及包机起降,因此游客大多数是坐车或巴士前往柔佛州丰盛港码头,再坐船到刁曼岛。

去年中,马来西亚成功集团有限公司宣布,该公司计划耗资12亿令吉(约3.9亿新元)在刁曼岛建机场,并且已把相关建议书提交给政府。

马来西亚政府过去一直计划要在刁曼岛建新机场,以促进当地旅游业。其中,政府在2003年提出耗资1.2亿令吉(约3900万新元)在刁曼岛建机场的计划,但时任交通部长翁诗杰在2009年以环境问题为由,取消了计划。

~早报网~

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Common signs 常见标语

Common signs 常见标语

BUKA
Open 开

TUTUP
Closed 关

MASUK
Entrance 入口

KELUAR
Exit 出口

TOLAK
Push推

TARIK
Pull 拉

TANDAS
Toilet 厕所

LELAKI
Men 男

WANITA / PEREMPUAN
Women 女

DILARANG MASUK
No Entry 不能进入

DILARANG MEROKOK
No Smoking 不能抽烟

JALAN SEHALA
One way traffic 单行道

Friday, November 8, 2019

云顶高原路段土崩 料今晚完成清理工作

云顶高原路段土崩 料今晚完成清理工作



搜救队伍周三在土崩地点,展开勘查行动。

著名度假胜地云顶高原的彩云阁受土崩影响的路段,预料于周三晚完成清理工作。 云顶消防及拯救局局长尤斯里指出,惟清理工作是否能如预期般完成,也需视天气而定,如果持续下雨,为了工作人员的安全,清理工作会暂停。

云顶通往彩云阁的路段,于周二傍晚5时40分发生山泥倾泻事故,往来云顶与彩云阁的路段被泥石覆盖,但没有影响前往云顶旅游景点的主要道路。

尤斯里说,至今仍持续发生小土崩,如果天气转晴,清理工作将在预定时间内完成。

根据无人机拍摄画面显示,土崩地区的道路料周三晚能完成清理工作。

他说,当局已开通另一条紧急道路,以供轻型车辆通行。

此外,针对逾200名游客受困于案发地点附近的酒店,他说,有关游客已于周三凌晨4时开始步行、再乘巴士往安全处。

~光华日报~

Friday, August 23, 2019

大马上半年旅游收入410亿令吉·增长6.8%

大马上半年旅游收入410亿令吉·增长6.8%



旅游、艺术及文化部长拿督莫哈末丁可达比宣布,马来西亚今年首6个月的国际游客人数达1335万4575人次,较去年同期增长了4.9%;而旅游收入为410亿令吉,与去年同期的390亿令吉相比增长了6.8%。

莫哈末丁可达比今日在2019年上半年旅游业对国家经济贡献的新闻发布会上表示,我国今年上半年的旅游业绩呈现正面增长,也希望这趋势能持续发展至2020大马旅游年。

另外,被询及内阁改组的传闻,他表示,“这只是2至3名部长职务的变动。我也不知道是谁。其实这不是改组,只是部长间的小变动。”

至于民政党主席拿督刘华才点名旅游部长是表现不达标的部长,莫哈末丁可达比表示,“我不介意他们说想要替换我,他们要怎么说就怎么说,最终还是以首相的言论为主。”

被问到是否已对任何可能性做好准备,他直言,“我们不受影响(tak takluk),不被任何可能性影响。部长不能说部门是属于他的吧?”

他也说,他不会为自己的表现评分,而是交由人民来评分,并指该部的成长都是政府官员和公务员共同合作的成果。



文章来源 : 星洲日报 2019-08-23

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Tourism Malaysia ties up with Expedia

Tourism Malaysia ties up with Expedia



PUTRAJAYA: Tourism Malaysia has inked a deal with American travel company Expedia Group which will see both sides collaborate to boost tourism promotion to Malaysia.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi said the partnership with Expedia will help support Malaysia’s target of achieving 30 million tourist arrivals and RM100bil tourist spending by 2020.

“Malaysia has just launched its fifth instalment of the Visit Malaysia series, Visit Malaysia 2020, and this is a timely strategic partnership which will benefit all parties.

“Expedia Group, as many of you would know, has over 200 travel booking websites in more than 70 countries around the world and work with thousands of lodging and flight partners to cater to the differing needs of modern travellers today.

“This partnership will collectively promote travel to Malaysia hence helping us grow our tourism arrival and income, empower our hospitality industry to be equipped with the right tools and services to help them grow their business locally, and be seen as a beacon in the sustainable tourism space, ” said Mohamaddin in his speech at the signing ceremony of the new collaboration, held at his ministry yesterday.

Mohamaddin said one of the agreements between Tourism Malaysia and Expedia Group will be focused on several global campaigns to promote inbound travel from the United States, Australia and Japan to Malaysia.

The three countries are among the biggest points of sale for Expedia Group.

“This partnership will see a joint execution of destination marketing campaigns to spotlight Malaysia’s hidden and unique tourist attractions as well as promote the variety of accommodation to Expedia Group’s 750 million plus monthly visitors globally, ” said Mohamaddin.

The collaboration will also see Expedia Group and Tourism Malaysia exchanging traveller insights, to help better understand tourist behaviours and home tourism strategies in line with the implementation of Visit Malaysia.

Expedia Group senior vice-president of commercial strategy and services Greg Schulze said the company found Malaysia to be a “progressively thinking destination” and was committed to help expose the country to travellers around the world.

“Tourism is an important contributor to Malaysia’s economy, accounting for almost 14.9% of the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and 3.4 million jobs.

“As a world travel platform, Expedia Group is proud to be an online travel tourism partner to Tourism Malaysia, connecting Malaysia’s tourism industry to millions of travellers in our worldwide network, ” he said.

Among the travel websites under Expedia Group include Expedia.com, Trivago and Hotels.com.

~The Star~

Monday, August 19, 2019

新增6景点·彭盼游客突破1500万人次

新增6景点·彭盼游客突破1500万人次



彭亨州希望通过大自然美景,吸引1500万人次到访。

(关丹15日讯)彭亨州期待今年到访游客人数突破1500万人次!

大马旅游局东海岸区总监哈菲芝说,彭亨州去年到访的游客人数为1400万人次,希望随着彭亨州增加了6个新景点后,游客的人数也有所增加。

他说,这6个新景点包括吉挠老虎谷、云顶20世纪福斯主题乐园、默拉坡洞穴天堂、北根黑河之旅,以及而连突铁索攀岩活动。

“在2017年,到访彭亨州的游客人数为1482万7961人次,2018年的游客人数则减少至1343万1842人次。

“其中,北根于2018年写下5万2404旅客人数,而连突为13万9729人次,云顶则维持最多游客人数,达795万1907人次。”

关丹士拔海滩18日办钓鱼赛

另一方面,大马旅游局将于本月18日,在关丹士拔海滩举办总奖金值高达130万令吉的激浪抛钓线钓鱼活动。

这项计有1辆迈微国产车、60寸电视等丰富奖金奖品的活动预计可吸引1800人参与。

文章来源 : 星洲日报 2019-08-16

Air quality worsens slightly in the country

Air quality worsens slightly in the country

The air quality in Peninsular Malaysia has worsened slightly with Rompin in Pahang Air Pollutant Index (API) readings jumping from “unhealthy” to “very unhealthy” zone.

According to Department of Environment (DOE) data, the API recorded in Rompin was at 223 as at 4pm, yesterday.

On Saturday, Rompin’s API was “unhealthy” at 125.

Conditions in Kuala Lumpur remained at moderate levels during the weekend, with the API at between 65 and 67.

In Selangor, Johan Setia saw a slight increase in the API readings.

The reading recorded was at 95 compared to 92 on Saturday.

Other areas in Selangor such as in Banting (82), Petaling Jaya (81), and Shah Alam (83) maintained its “moderate” readings.

The API readings in Kedah and Perlis also worsened from “good” to “moderate”, while Sabah maintained its “good” API readings.

Other places nationwide such as in Negri Sembilan, Johor, Perak, Penang, Kelantan and Terengganu recorded “moderate” API levels.

Meanwhile, in Sarawak, Sri Aman posted an API reading of 252 and generally the haze situation here and in Miri is still bad.

The API reading worsened compared to Saturday which was at 247.

The air quality in SK Kuala Baram 2 station and the Miri Industrial Training Institute station both improved.

SK Kuala Baram 2 station recorded an API reading of 80 from 119, while the Miri Industrial Training Institute station recorded a reading of 161 from 222.

As of yesterday morning, the DOE recorded one “hot spot” (forest fire) in Sarawak

An API reading of between 0 and 50 is good, while 51 to 100 is moderate, 01 to 200 is unhealthy, 201 to 300 very unhealthy, and 301 and above is deemed hazardous.

The public can also refer to the Department of Environment (DoE) website at or by downloading the MyIPU smartphone app on ‘Google Play’ to get hourly API readings

According to the Asean Specialised Meterological Centre (ASMC) weather and haze outlook posted on Saturday at 6.25pm, it noted that hotspot activities in Sumatra and Kalimantan are likely to persist in the country.

ASMC’s satellite monitoring system has also indicated in recent times that open burning is also coming from that direction.

~News courtesy of The Star~

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Man drowns at Pelangi Waterfalls in Sungai Lembing

Man drowns at Pelangi Waterfalls in Sungai Lembing

A man drowned while on an outing at the popular Pelangi Waterfalls in Sungai Lembing this morning.

Kuantan District Police Chief ACP Mohamad Noor Yusof Ali said Joshua Sia Hanyang, 31, from Kuala Lumpur, arrived at the waterfall with his friend at 6.45 am and while swimming two hours later, went into difficulties and disappeared under water, forcing his friend and other visitors to frantically search for him.

“The victim’s friend claimed that they managed to pull out the victim, who was unconscious before calling the Fire and Rescue Department for help.

“Firemen reached the waterfall area about 12.30 noon as they needed to first make the climb to the waterfalls before they brought the victim down to Lubuk Beruk, ” he told reporters here today.

The victim was pronounced dead by medical officers who were waiting in Sungai Lembing, before the body was brought to the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital here for a post mortem.

The case has been classified as sudden death.

-- BERNAMA

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Hot and dry weather in M'sia until October

Hot and dry weather in M'sia until October, says the weatherman

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Malaysia is expected to experience hot and dry weather with less rainfall until October, says Deputy Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Minister Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis.

She said apart from Malaysia, neighbouring countries Singapore and Sumatra in Indonesia are expected to experience the same weather pattern.

"We expect to experience a shortage of rainfall with warmer and drier weather this year without the El Nino and La Nina phenomena until October, " she said when asked about the essence of the 21st Technical Working Group (TWG) Meeting and the Ministerial Steering Committee Sub-Region on Cross-border Haze Pollution in Brunei.

She said this when contacted on the Bernama News Channel (BNC) talk showroom programme here Wednesday (Aug 7) night.

Commenting on the meeting, Isnaraissah said the five countries involved had presented measures taken to address fires and haze in their respective countries.

"Among the information shared was to carry out continuous monitoring of weather and hotspots, enforce the law and have the equipment prepared, mobilise human resources and co-ordinate fire-fighting, " she said.

The annual meeting involving four other Asean countries, Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand, was held to monitor and detail the steps taken in addressing cross-border haze.

The initiative to address the Asean haze problem began following a serious episode of pollution in 1997 that led to the Asean Convention on cross-border haze signed by 10 countries in Kuala Lumpur on June 10, 2002. - Bernama

Janda Baik villagers say ecotourism project will harm their way of life

Janda Baik villagers say ecotourism project will harm their way of life



Villagers are protesting against future development in the area as it will erode cultural and traditional values as well as disrupt the people’s way of life.

For Laila Husin, 64, who has been living in Janda Baik since she was 5, any development in her village would be detrimental to the villagers’ quality of life.

“My house is located at the roadside and if the road-widening project continues, I’m afraid I will lose my house.

“Where are my future generation going to stay when they return to their kampung?

“I will never support the project,” she said at her home in Ja-lan Sungai Cemperoh here.

She said no amount of compensation would make her part with her land. “This land is worth my life,” she said, holding back her tears.

Laila said she would agree only if the project was to improve the village infrastructure and the villagers’ lives.

It was understood that the project under the Janda Baik Special Area Plan draft would consist of several plans, such as widening of road, expansion of four Janda Baik rivers, including Sungai Sum Sum, establishing e-hailing stations and recreational park, as well as building river dams and a low-rise housing development.

Villager Rosmina Kamarul Ariffin, 46, said no further development was necessary in the area as visitors wanted to experience an authentic village.

“They come here to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and experience real kampung living.

“What’s more important is for the authorities to fix the road and maintain the cleanliness of the rivers.”

Earlier, 35 Janda Baik villagers gathered at the Bentong Municipal Council where 1,544 Public Proposal and Objection forms were submitted to protest against the project.

There are 2,820 villagers in Janda Baik.

Hanifah Mohd Rabin, a representative of the protest, said the villagers were not consulted about the project.

“The authorities did not inform us about the matter and we only heard it from a few of the villagers here.

“We learnt that a meeting with the project consultant was held in October with representatives from the municipal council.”

He said the proposed international ecotourism attraction required approvals from the villagers and other parties before any work started.

“We urge the authorities to stop work on the project. We gave suggestions on ways to develop the village’s infrastructure but were ignored.

“We have no option but to fight the new development till the end.”

~New Straits Times~

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Haze situation under control despite dry spell

Haze situation under control despite dry spell

The haze situation appears to be under control despite the dry spell as the Air Pollutant Index (API) has not reached unhealthy levels in any parts of Malaysia.

In fact, good air quality was recorded in Kota Tinggi, Johor (API reading 50), Tawau, Sabah (46) and Limbang, Sarawak (47) at 6pm yesterday.

Air quality in other parts of Malaysia was at a moderate level. 

An API reading of between 0 and 50 is good while 51 to 100 is moderate, 101 to 200 is unhealthy, 201 to 300 very unhealthy, and 301 and above deemed hazardous.

National Weather and Geophysics Operations Centre director Mohd Hisham Mohd Anip said the air quality would return to normal soon as Indonesia had succeeded in its aggressive initiative to douse the raging forest fires.

He also noted that the two low-pressure cyclones in the West Pacific and the northern part of South China Sea would further suck the atmospheric moisture.

Several west coast states in the peninsula and Sarawak are also facing the haze following forest fires at six districts in Indonesia over the last four days.

The Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) warned that more hotspots could be expected in the first two weeks of August, particularly in the fire-prone provinces in Sumatra and Kalimantan in Indonesia, following warmer and drier than average conditions forecast over the southern Asean region.

In the northern Asean region, hotspot activities are expected to remain subdued due to prevailing rainy conditions, according to ASMC.

~News courtesy of The Star~

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

VM2020 logo emits strong Malaysia vibes, says graphic designer

VM2020 logo emits strong Malaysia vibes, says graphic designer



A Penang-based graphic designer said the new Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020 (VM2020) tourism campaign logo, which was unveiled by the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on July 22, truly reflected what the nation was all about. (BERNAMA)

A Penang-based graphic designer said the new Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020 (VM2020) tourism campaign logo, which was unveiled by the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on July 22, truly reflected what the nation was all about.

The VM2020 logo was designed by 23-year-old graphic designer Alfred Phua Hong Fook, who had beaten over 500 other entries in a competition held between March 11 and March 24 after the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture decided to scrap the previous version.

Danz Chee, who has 15 years of logo design experience under his belt, said the official VM2020 logo has brought out strong “Malaysia” vibes with its simplistic Batik-style design, the fitting colour scheme of “Jalur Gemilang”, as well as the usage of iconic national trademarks, which are the rhinoceros hornbill, the red hibiscus and the wild fern known as “paku pakis”.

“I’ve checked out other entries from the contest, some of which are pretty well done, but I personally find the winning logo really screamed out what Malaysia is really all about,” Chee told Bernama.

Not long after the unveiling of the VM2020 logo, allegations of plagiarism through other logo designs began to brew up in social media platforms.

A different version of the VM2020 logo went viral on social media, alleging that the graphic designer had plagiarised from another hornbill design associated from a stock image, but the allegation was later dismissed by Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi.

This, however, did not stop netizens’ accusations of strong resemblance to a combination of multiple stock images, they believed were applied in the official VM2020 logo.

Chee explained that professional graphic designers normally do not trace stock images completely but rather use them, as well as other relevant logos and photos for designing references to develop a firm grasp of its design concepts and ideas.

He also said that graphic designers also look up these references to prevent any possible conflicts or clashes of resemblance.

“Say for instance, a client would want a tiger as their logo, and of course, we would have to look up real photos of a tiger as references and develop the important aspects of a tiger, such as its fur patterns. We would then modify them to our own desired art style, but still retain its resemblance as a tiger. You do not want to end up with a design of a cat when your client expects a a tiger,” he said.

He added that the modern trend of minimalism art style also played a huge role in the preference of the logo design, given the examples of known companies such as Adidas and Pepsi shifting their complex logo design to a more simplistic form over time. -- Bernama

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Resumed ECRL project to spur more development, industrialisation

Resumed ECRL project to spur more development, industrialisation, says Loke



The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project will resume, after nine months of negotiations, with alignments and stations restructured to make it more viable. -- Bernama photo

The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project will resume, after nine months of negotiations, with alignments and stations restructured to make it more viable.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook said the resumption would have a positive impact on the well-being of the people in terms of social economic development.

“Once completed in 2026, we will see more development and industrialisation in the east coast,” he said after THE relaunching of works on the tunnel here today.

“This section from Dungun to Mentakab is the least impacted by the realignment deal.”

The contractors will prioritise works on the tunnels and viaducts along the proposed alignment from Dungun to Mentakab in Pahang over the next one month to propel the construction of the re-negotiated RM44 billion rail network.

The supplementary agreement inked between Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) and China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC) on April 12 in Beijing paved the way for the resumption of the ECRL project to proceed at a lower cost, compared with the price tag of RM65.5 billion.

The focus of the renegotiated project will be on the design and physical works of the 14.13km tunnels in 23 locations, as well as preparatory works for 39.03km of viaducts in 65 locations situated within the 223km stretch from Dungun to Mentakab where no rail alignment changes were made under the improved ECRL project.

Earthworks at several ECRL tunnel sites, including the 871m Dungun Tunnel, 1.1km Paka Tunnel, and 2.8km Kuantan Tunnel, and site clearing and pile testing on multiple sites for viaducts have commenced.

Loke said, despite the realignment involving diversions from the original design, the government would keep the option open for future development when the need arose.

Asked whether the project would encourage existing investors in the more developed states to shift or expand their operations to the east coast states, Loke said it could entice existing firms to expand, but more importantly there would be new investments.

“The joint-venture with CCCC ensures new investments.

“We are not building the railway at the expense of other states. We may see expansion, but not relocation.”

The improved ECRL project involves a distance of 640km that will entail rail alignment changes between Kota Baru in Kelantan and Dungun, Terengganu, with the introduction of a new southern alignment from Mentakab in Pahang to Port Klang in Selangor that runs through Negri Sembilan and Putrajaya.

The entire project will see the construction of 30 to 40 tunnels along its alignment from Kota Baru to Port Klang, with the longest tunnel measuring about 7km to be built in the Jelebu-Semenyih area.

The project will also witness the construction of multiple viaducts with a total length of approximately 100km.

Loke said Environmental Impact Assessment reports had been submitted where land clearing had started, and more would be submitted as the project progressed.

“This is a national project. It is apolitical.

“It involves states not won by the present government.

“It is for the country and the people,” he said, adding that it was well-positioned as a national infrastructure project as it linked cities and towns, upgraded public transport in rural areas along its entire 640km rail network that would traverse five states and Putrajaya.

~New Straits Times~

东铁周四正式复工 2026年秒竣工启用

东铁周四正式复工 2026年秒竣工启用



陆兆福(左5)主持东海岸铁道计划复工。左起阿末苏海米、尤索夫依斯迈、凯鲁阿迪、阿米努丁、阿末山苏里、诺若拉扎里、阿都拉曼尤诺斯及达维斯。 东海岸铁道计划(ECRL)复工,预料2026年12月启用。

纷纷扰扰的东海岸铁道计划周四正式复工,交通部长陆兆福披露,若工程一切顺利,东海岸铁道将于2026年竣工,并开始投入运作。

他说,经过与中国交通建设股份有限公司(CCCC,简称“中国交建”)的重新谈判后,这项计划从原本的665亿令吉削减至440亿令吉,减少了215亿令吉或33%。

陆兆福是于周四登嘉楼龙运,主持东海岸铁道计划复工仪式上,这么表示。

他也表示,这项计划的贷款也已经敲定,预料会在近期签署附加合约。

“我被告知马来西亚铁道衔接公司(MRL)与中国进出口银行(China EXIM Bank),将针对东海岸铁道计划的贷款已经敲定。因此,有关东海岸铁道计划贷款附加合约预料会在近期签署。”

他说,根据这项附加合约,中国进出口银行将提供85%的贷款,但由于成本价格削减,因此我国需承担的利息并不高。

“这也意味着政府所承担,由中国进出口银行所提供的贷款利息也减少了。”

陆兆福也提及,东海岸铁道计划全长640公里,主要是借以提升东海岸的公共交通设施。

“一旦东海岸铁道计划完成后,将为国人提供更便捷的交通。举例来说,民众若要从丹州的哥打峇鲁到布城,只需要乘搭4小时每小时160公里的列车,就能够抵达。”

他表示,重新规划的东铁计划将分为3段工程,分别是吉兰丹州哥打峇鲁到龙运的A段,登嘉楼州龙运到文德甲的B段,以及彭亨州文德甲到巴生港口的C段。

“在这3段工程当中,223公里的B段工程的路线没有更改,这个工程占了整个东铁计划的34.8%,而A段工程的路线会有少许更改,C段工程的路线则作出最大 的更改,2段工程全长417公里。”

“东海岸铁道计划共计20个站,其中14个站是让乘客能够上下站,另外5个站是供乘客和货柜,至于另一个站只是用作货柜使用。”

他说,整个东海岸铁道计划,登嘉楼州共计6个站,包括甘榜拉惹(Kampung Raja)、瓜拉登嘉楼、柏拉岸(Pengkalan Berangan)、龙运(Dungun)、甘马仕(Kemasik)及朱盖(Chukai),以及2个供乘客和货柜的站。

“在登州,也需要建造3个地下隧道,这包括龙运隧道、北加隧道(Terowong Paka)及关丹隧道。”

出席这场复工仪式的也包括登嘉楼州务大臣阿末山苏里、森美兰州务大臣拿督斯里阿米努丁、中国驻马大使白天、交通部秘书长拿督莫哈末凯鲁阿迪、马来西亚铁道衔接公司首席执行员那毒死达维斯、董事阿末苏海米及拿督尤索夫依斯迈、中国交建副总裁孙子宇、彭亨州务大臣代表拿督斯里诺若拉扎里、吉兰丹州务大臣代表阿都拉曼尤诺斯等。

陆兆福也表示,东海岸铁道计划启用后,将刺激铁道周边的旅游业,尤其是惠及民宿、酒店及当地的旅游活动业者。

“虽然重启后的东海岸铁道计划将减少站点,但跨越多个州属,因此势必带动东海岸经济走廊的成长,吸引更多外资进驻投资,进而创造更多的就业机会。”

“届时,像是珍拉丁(Cherating)、龙运(Dungun)、瓜拉登嘉楼、督巴里(Tok Bali)及哥打峇鲁。”

陆兆福也宣布,东海岸铁路工业技能培训计划(PLKI-ECRL)将复办,届时将会有约5000名在地学员参与培训。

“在此之前,只有3600名学员参与这项培训计划。”

白天:东铁将改变东海岸经济

中国驻马大使白天认为,东海岸铁路计划(ECRL)项目将改变登嘉楼、吉兰丹和森州等东海岸一带的交通运输与经济发展,并将其称为贸易创造。

“一旦东海岸铁路建竣,将能加强州与州,以及海外市场之间的连接,创造更多的贸易往来。例如,东海岸农民种植1公顷的榴槤,如猫山王。我会想,要如何出售。”

“不过,这些榴槤最终可能会因为运输问题和成本,而被浪费,但如果有铁路,就会不一样。”

因此,他相信,东海岸铁路将能为东海岸社区带来更多的经济活动,包括旅游。

“届时不只会有来自西马的游客,其他国家,包括中国游客都会前来旅游。因此,我相信,东海岸铁路的建成可以让大马中国游客翻倍增长。”

~光华日报~

Friday, July 19, 2019

Tourism industry expected to generate RM100 billion next year

Tourism industry expected to generate RM100 billion next year

Malaysia’s tourism industry is expected to generate RM100 billion in revenue next year.

Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi said his ministry is confident of achieving its target of 30 million tourist arrivals next year, contributing to the RM100 billion in revenue expected from both international and domestic tourism, compared to a projected revenue of RM92 billion for this year.

“Kelantan is among the states expected to attract a higher number of foreign tourists to Malaysia. A total of 5.5 million tourists are expected to visit Kelantan this year. Tourist arrivals to the state will increase further next year and this will help boost the number of tourists coming to Malaysia,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after the closing ceremony of the 2019 Kelantan Folk Arts Festival (FKRK) here today.

Also present were Culture and Arts Department (JKKN) director-general Tan Sri Norliza Rofli, Kelantan Culture, Tourism and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Md Anizam Abd Rahman and Narathiwat deputy governor Patimoh Sadiyamon.

The FKRK introduced in 2017 is one of nine cultural programmes listed in the cultural tourism sector calendar in nine states to highlight unique local cultures as tourism products.

Among the activities held at the FKRK this year were Rebana Ubi, Kertuk and Dikir Barat competitions and performances by the Kelantan Percussion Symphony Orchestra.

Meanwhile, Mohamaddin said his ministry is always open to proposals from state governments in the effort to revive the traditional art forms in their respective states.

“For instance, the Mak Yong cultural performance has been allowed to be continue in Kelantan by mutual agreement. We would like to say thank you to (the) Kelantan (state government) for giving a new breath to Mak Yong, now it can be watched at the Kelantan JKKN Auditorium,” he said.

The PAS (Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party) -led government in Kelantan had previously banned Mak Yong, a dance drama, in the state on the grounds that it had animist and Hindu-Buddhist roots.

-- BERNAMA

Federal government committed to develop Pahang tourism - Mohamaddin

Federal government committed to develop Pahang tourism - Mohamaddin

BENTONG, July 12 (Bernama) -- The federal government is committed to foster cooperation with the Pahang state government in developing the state tourism sector.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi said there are many more potential tourism products such as waterfalls and rivers in Pahang which have not been fully commercialised.

Taking the example of Bentong, Mohamaddin said popular recreational spots such Chamang and Lentang Waterfalls, Bentong hotspring and Tanah Aina hold great potential.

“However, efforts to develop other areas which have not been exploited would not be beneficial if they are not well-maintained. We do not want the flora and fauna to be polluted and frowned upon by visitors,” he said.

Mohamaddin was launching the 2019 Wow! Wild Bentong Carnival here today which was also attended by Tourism Malaysia director-general Datuk Musa Yusof and Bentong MP Wong Tack.

He said the district of Bentong should benefit from the local products which have become synonymous with the district such as quality Bentong ginger and musang king durian to lure tourists as well as highland resort like Genting Highlands, Janda Baik and Bukit Tinggi.

“I hope the youths of Bentong would join in to promote their hometown to achieve the target of 200,00 tourists by the end of the year.

-- BERNAMA

Thursday, July 18, 2019

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Fraser's Hill



Fraser's Hill is named after Louis James Fraser, a Scotsman who prospected for gold in Australia but eventually struck tin here instead in the 1890s. Employing Chinese miners to do the hard work for him and earning his keep by operating mule trains down the mountain, Fraser set up opium and gambling dens to increase his profits, which may have had something to do with his subsequent mysterious disappearance. 

The tin ran out in 1913, but the lush valley within was rediscovered as a colonial hill resort that, thanks to its 1524 m elevation, enjoys considerably cooler temperatures than Kuala Lumpur. By 1922 a road had been cut through the mountains to the valley, which soon sprouted bungalows and even one of Malaya's first golf courses.

Not much has changed since, and Fraser's Hill retains a wonderfully weird mixed-up character, where locals eat curries off banana leaves in a English cottage next to a golf course while the call to prayer sounds from the mosque.

~wikitravel~

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Towering attraction: Kuantan's new Menara Teruntum

Towering attraction: Kuantan's new Menara Teruntum



The 180m Menara Teruntum, the country’s second tallest, is scheduled to open in October. (NSTP/FARIZUL HAFIZ AWANG)

KUANTAN: The 180m Menara Teruntum, the country’s second tallest, is scheduled to open in October.

Construction work on the tower is 98 per cent complete.

It is a project of the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC).

ECERDC chief executive officer Baidzawi Che Mat said visitors would be able to enjoy thrilling rides up two glass elevator shafts to the 104m high observation deck for a 360° bird’s eye view of the state capital.

He said the restaurant located 98m above ground level would also offer fantastic views of Kuantan and Sungai Kuantan.

“Patrons are guaranteed stunning views through the 360° glass windows,” he told the New Straits Times.

“The restaurant can accommodate up to 100 patrons at a time.

“Those who don’t have a fear of heights can try the skywalk (walkway) perched at 104m above ground while extreme outdoor enthusiasts can try the guided vertical fall from 104m and spire climb up to 160m.”

The other attractions include shops and a cafe on the lower floor, and outdoor garden events.

Kuantan Municipal Council public relations officer Norkamawati Kamal said: “We are still looking through a list of potential operators and once everything is settled, the tower will be opened to visitors.

“The prices of entrance tickets are still at the proposal stage.”

State Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin said images of Menara Teruntum would be printed on gifts and souvenirs to boost promotional activities.

“The tower is a new attraction and certainly a talking point,” he said.

“Information on Menara Teruntum and other attractions nearby will be provided at the ground floor of the tower and maybe a brochure will be issued with the tickets to tell visitors what is on offer,” he said, adding that Menara Teruntum could emerge as one of the country’s top tourist attractions.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, who recently described the tower as the new landmark in the state capital in his website, WanRosdy.com, had said that visitors could take the opportunity to dine at the restaurant while enjoying the town’s skyline.

~News courtesy of New Straits Times~

Thursday, June 27, 2019

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Fig nasi lemak, the latest hit in Janda Baik

Fig nasi lemak, the latest hit in Janda Baik

If Cameron Highlands is known for its ‘strawberry nasi lemak’, Janda Baik here has its own ‘fig nasi lemak’ inspired from its new agricultural product.

The recipe for nasi lemak with ‘sambal tumis’ cooked with figs is the brainchild of Faiz Farhan Yahya, 28, who took months to experiment to get the “taste that meets the Malaysian standard”.

Faiz Farhan, who graduated from the Food Institute of Malaysia in pastry, said his family members and close friends were the greatest critics as he sought the right flavour.

"The ‘sambal tumis’ cooked with figs is truly special because it is a balanced taste that is spicy, yet you can still taste the fruit but not too strong which could drown the original taste of ‘sambal tumis’.

"Its preparation requires patience as it takes 12 hours to cook it over low heat and must be stirred every half hour," he told Bernama when met at the fig farm, Benefigs, in Janda Baik.

“The long time taken to cook the ‘sambal’ is to ensure the taste of the fruit is well-blended, besides applying the old folk’s tip that the ‘sambal’ tastes better if cooked long,” he added.

Faiz Farhan said aside from figs, other ingredients used were red onions, garlic, chilli and “some secret ingredients" to produce his own original recipe.

"My hope is this fig nasi lemak will be a must-try dish for those visiting Janda Baik. It is also a diversification of the fruit, which is usually eaten fresh or dried.

"Why nasi lemak? Obviously because nasi lemak is Malaysians’ favourite dish and can be eaten at any time," he said, adding that he was also working on a home-based food business in Kelana Jaya, Selangor.

Faiz Farhan said the idea of using figs was also inspired by the experience of spending time at the fig farm of his friend, Mohamad Hafidz Arifin, 33, a strong supporter of his efforts.

Asked on the price, Faiz admitted that he was still looking for a formula to reduce the price, as the fig nasi lemak was selling at RM9.50 to RM10.90 for the time being, as the fig fruit was quite pricey.

-- BERNAMA

Friday, June 21, 2019

Booking Grab ride in Malaysia? Submit selfie first

Booking Grab ride in Malaysia? Submit selfie first



All Grab users in Malaysia will soon have to do a one-time selfie verification in order to use the app in the country. This is to fulfil regulatory requirements.

It will be similar to what new Grab users in Singapore are already doing, and a company spokesman said yesterday that Singaporeans would also have to comply with the Malaysian rule when using the app across the Causeway.

Grab, through an announcement on its Malaysian app and its website, informed users recently that the compulsory measure will be in place by July 12.

The website message read: "The selfie is for identity verification, safety, and may be used to assist the authorities when required. Grab ensures that your selfie and identity are secure and will not be shared with our driver-partners and merchants."

Grab added that explicit permission would be sought before any access to users' cameras.

Malaysian Transport Minister Anthony Loke had last July announced that, as part of new rules, passengers would have to upload valid identification card or passport details when they register for a ride-hailing account. He gave a year's grace to meet the requirements.

Grab adopted facial recognition technology to meet the new rule, with first-time users required to submit a selfie of themselves before booking a ride.

The Star daily reported that the new requirement has already helped solve a robbery-cum-murder case involving a Grab driver. Two suspects were nabbed in connection with the death of Mr Mohd Hanafiee Jaafar, who was robbed and killed on the job last month.

The incident resulted in drivers fearing post-midnight trips and avoiding areas deemed dangerous, The Star said.

Within Singapore, Grab users who signed up before February this year did not have to go through selfie verification, with their identities verified by either their Facebook account or credit card details.

But new users signing up from February have had to submit selfies to successfully open their accounts.

The Grab spokesman said: "These are part of our ongoing efforts to ensure high safety and security standards on our platform for both our customers and driver-partners."

Singaporeans who use Grab during trips to Malaysia told ST that they did not mind submitting a selfie so long as it was used solely for verification purposes.

Ms Wong Shi Hui, 25, who works in events management and visits Malaysia every three months, said: "It is good that measures are in place to protect drivers as well. Selfies seem harmless enough if they can ensure a safe ride for everyone."

~The Straits Times~

彭州大臣宣布刁曼岛获准建新机场

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