2013年7月22日星期一

Tourist drown in Perhentian Besar Island

South Korean tourist drowns trying to save husband while snorkeling



A South Korean woman tourist drowned while trying to save her husband during a snorkeling outing at Tanjung Langir, Pulau Perhentian Besar, near here on Sunday. Kim Dong Huk (pic), 52, who tried to save her husband who had difficulty breathing, died at the Pulau Perhentian Health Clinic after being rescued by villagers at 12.30pm.

Besut police chief Supt Kamaruddin Mohd Zakaria said the woman and her husband Kyung Min Baek, 54, had gone snorkeling at 10am and were at sea for about two hours when her husband had breathing difficulties.

"The wife had tried to rescue her husband who was struggling in the water and gasping for breath.

"But when the husband held on to her tight, she could not float," he said.

Dong Huk's body was later sent to the Besut District Hospital in Jerteh for post-mortem.

Min Baek when met at the Besut District Hospital said they had arrived in Pulau Perhentian on Saturday with two other friends for a holiday. They were to return to Kuala Lumpur before returning to South Korea via Kota Baru on an AirAsia flight.

"I am sad that my wife died while trying to save me," he said.

~News courtesy of Bernama~

2013年7月12日星期五

Kuala Besut popular with visitors to Perhentian Islands and seafood lovers

Kuala Besut popular with visitors to Perhentian Islands and seafood lovers



Local traders loading groceries onto their boat at the Perhentian Islands cargo jetty at Kuala Besut. — ZABIDI TUSIN /The Star

The fishing town of Kuala Besut is no sleepy hollow.

It gets its fair share of popularity – even among foreigners – for being the departure point to Terengganu’s beautiful Perhentian islands.

The Kuala Besut jetty is also popular among seafood lovers as the catch is literally fresh from the sea.

The other unique characteristic of Kuala Besut is that despite being in Terengganu, locals speak in the Kelantanese dialect due to its proximity to the neighbouring state.

So, instead of “Boh” – the friendly greeting meaning boss or brother –the locals will address one another with “Abe” which is the Kelantanese way of pronouncing “Abang” or brother.

But don’t be surprised if the local boys start to chat in English – albeit broken – as many have enthusiastically taken up the language to converse with tourists.

Stalls near the jetty cater for the “foreign palate”, with dishes like pasta and pizza served alongside local fare.

The menus, also tailored for the foreigners, are written in English –there is Malay fried rice (for the nasi goreng kampung) and a “fish roll” is the delicious keropok lekor.

Aside from fishing, it is obvious that tourism is the other main source of income for this small town.

Kuala Besut has a handful of resorts, chalets and a sizeable number of lodgings for budget travellers who will cross over to the island after an overnight stay.

One of its famous sons is national footballer Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, better known among fans as Mat Yo, who is now playing for Johor Darul Takzim FC.

Over the next two weeks, this town will be buzzing with activities as its voters will once again go to the ballot box to elect their new representative.

Kuala Besut assemblyman and executive committee chairman for health Dr A. Rahman Mokhtar died on June 26, just over a month after he won the seat for the second term in the 13th general election.

Again, the toss is between Barisan Nasional and PAS for the 17,683 voters, including 1,149 absent voters.

Party workers from both sides will have it rather easy as a lot of flags have yet to be taken down from the last election.

But the irony is that even billboard posters of the deceased can still be found around town.

Food stall owner Hashim Alias, who thought that it would be a quiet Ramadan, is now looking forward to brisk business during buka puasa.

“With the outstation crowd coming for the by-election, I may open my stall till late to cater for the sahur (pre-dawn meal) crowd,” he said.

Local Nik Amir Nik Daud hopes to see more crowd filling mosques and surau for the terawih prayers.

“We should not forget our religious obligations even if there is an election and campaigning to do,” he said.

Nik Amir also hopes that there will be less political mudslinging during the campaign in respect of the holy month.

~News courtesy of The Star~

2013年7月8日星期一

Visit Malaysia 2014



Kuala Terengganu Chinatown a tourist draw

Kuala Terengganu Chinatown a tourist draw

Kuala Terengganu Chinatown or Kampung Cina is a tourist spot that offers aged buildings and structures that go back more than 200 years.

Terengganu's Kampung Cina (Chinatown) or Teng Lang Po, has existed for more than 300 years and it stands out compared to other similar settlements because of its aged buildings that showcase a mixture of Chinese, Malay, Arabic and Thai architecture.

Many of the buildings (mostly shophouses) have undergone a restoration or beautification programme to increase its appeal to visitors, but great care has been taken to preserve its heritage value.



The Ho Ann Kiong Temple is the oldest structure in the Kampung Cina tourist belt.

Kampung Cina is home to ancient temples like Ho Ann Kiong and Tien Hou Kong that was built in 1801 and 1896 respectively.

One other landmark that goes back to the 19th century is the Low Tiey water well that was built in 1875. It still exists today, supplying clean water for residents in the area, and is one of the more popular attractions.

Kampung Cina is also known for its local delicacies. Among the food items one can find here are the unique roti paong, Durian cake, Pulut ‘Dipa’ and the white keropok lekor, which is made out of Wolf Herring or ikan parang.

Newer attractions include an esplanade and a scenic bridge, expanding the area of interest for tourists.

For more, please visit Tourism Terengganu's Official Website

~News courtesy of The Star~