2019年8月23日星期五

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

2019年8月21日星期三

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~

2019年8月19日星期一

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~

2019年8月8日星期四

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

2019年8月6日星期二

Pasar Payang's operations ends at midnight tonight

Pasar Payang's operations ends at midnight tonight



Operations at Pasar Payang, a tourist attraction in Terengganu, will come to a standstill at midnight tonight before a large section of the building, which was built 51 years ago, is to be demolished for redevelopment.

A Bernama survey at the market which is renowned for its batik and ‘keropok’ found that over 90 per cent of the about 1,000 traders had emptied their shops and moved to the temporary Pasar Payang 2 about 80 metres away.

The atmosphere at Pasar Payang was quiet since morning and only some elderly traders were seen chatting and looking at their shops as if seeking the strength to leave.

It is understood that Pasar Payang would be closed from midnight tonight and a fence would be put up around it to enable construction work to be carried out to give a fresh breath by introducing a more modern and a cleaner outlet.

A kitchenware and household equipment trader Hamad Senik, 65, said the atmosphere at Pasar Payang started to become gloomy after a large number of traders started to move out and operated in stages at the new venue since several weeks ago.

However, he said that there were still some traders operating at Pasar Payang on the last day as they wanted to savour the final sweet moments before returning in two or three years.

‘’I have started packing up and sending my goods to the new market since two weeks ago, but the work has not been completed until today because I have quite a lot of stock. I am only assisted by my wife, Khadijah Sulaiman, 60.

‘’I have kept some of the stock at home because the shop at the temporary outlet is only half the size of the one here,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, a batik trader, Hashimah Hashim, 65, said after 40 years of making her living in Pasar Payang, she wanted to reminisce about her ups and downs by keeping her shop open until the final day before it closed officially tonight.

‘’I feel reluctant to leave this shop which has contributed much to my family. But for the good and future of the traders, we agree to move out and hope trading at the new location will be as smooth as here,’’ said Hashimah who spent about RM4,000 to renovate her new shop.

-- BERNAMA

Terengganu sets up committee to handle security issues in tourism

Terengganu sets up committee to handle security issues in tourism

A crisis management committee will be set up in all districts in Terengganu to promptly address security issues in the tourism sector.

State Tourism, Culture and Information Technology Committee chairman Ariffin Deraman said it would be set up under the respective district’s Tourism Development Committee so that quick and integrated action could be taken in the event of any untoward incidents, like an incident last Wednesday when three resort workers were reported missing at sea.

“I was informed that in such a case, there are many weaknesses that could delay the search and rescue (SAR) operation because of bureaucratic red tapes.

“For example, to track the global positioning system (GPS) in the telephone, it’s going to take one or two days because it requires police approval. The time taken will only make the SAR more difficult because within only half an hour, the boat will be drifting farther," he said when met by the media at the operation centre at Jeti Aking here today.

Ariffin said the setting up of the crisis management committee was necessary to ensure that such incidents would not adversely affect the state’s tourism sector since most of the popular tourism products in Terengganu are islands and beaches.

He said the committee would be headed by the District Officer of the respective districts and the members comprising the various agencies, including health and welfare authorities.

Apart from security issues, the state government is also working on upgrading the telecommunications system at all tourism locations, especially on islands, he said, adding that there are altogether 13 telecommunications towers at the resort islands in Terengganu, including Kenyir.

The facilities have to be upgraded to function properly, he added.

— BERNAMA

Police: no half-naked dance fest on Pulau Perhentian

Police: no half-naked dance fest on Pulau Perhentian

Police today denied allegations that a half-naked dance fest had taken place in a chalet on Pulau Perhentian as depicted in several videos circulated on social media since last week.

Besut district police chief Supt Mohd Zamri Mohd Rowi said the videos lasting about 30 seconds each and depicting a transvestite as well as several other individuals in a state of semi-nakedness and apparent drunkenness, dancing on top of a barrel, were actually old footage filmed in 2017.

Speaking at a press conference today, he said the videos had been uploaded recently into a Facebook account bearing the false name Nur Amanina Abdul Razak (Terengganu), by a woman in her early 30s known as Ana Simon.

Police investigations found that the woman had uploaded the footage with the intention of smearing the image of the local authority and the state government because her application to operate a massage business on the island had not been approved.

-- BERNAMA

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~

2019年7月30日星期二

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

2019年7月29日星期一

Seeking to attract more Arab tourists to Tasik Kenyir

Seeking to attract more Arab tourists to Tasik Kenyir



KUALA BERANG, July 27 (Bernama) -- Tasik Kenyir should be developed as a tourist destination to lure more visitors from the Middle East.

Rural Development Deputy Minister R. Sivarasa said the Central Terengganu Development Authority (Ketengah) has been urged to plan various new initiatives to further enhance the marketability of Tasik Kenyir among tourists.

“Ketengah needs to look at new markets, especially the Middle Eastern countries, by highlighting the attractiveness of the water element in Tasik Kenyir,” he said when officiating the 2019 Kenyir Festival today. He was representing Rural Development Minister Datuk Seri Rina Mohd Harun.

The event held at Pengkalan Gawi, Tasik Kenyir here, was also attended by Terengganu Tourism, Culture and Information Technology Committee chairman Ariffin Deraman and Ketengah chairman Datuk Zulkifli Mohamad.

Sivarasa said the ministry through Ketengah had allocated RM38 million for the implementation of commercial infrastructure projects and social amenities programmes to be enjoyed by visitors to Tasik Kenyir in line with the goal of making it an international tourist destination.

“Soon we will also upgrade the road network in Pengkalan Gawi... as well as the landscape to revive the beauty of the flora in Tasik Kenyir,” he said.

Sivarasa advised residents around Tasik Kenyir to exploit the entrepreneurial opportunities presented by engaging in food business, sale of souvenirs and craft, operating boat houses and speedboats leading to economic spin-offs.

The festival being held from Thursday until tomorrow is targeting about 80,000 visitors with a revenue of RM1.6 million.

Meanwhile, Zulkifli said that until June this year, Tasik Kenyir received 257,192 visitors.

-- BERNAMA

2019年7月28日星期日

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~

2019年7月19日星期五

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

Three new products to attract tourists to Islamic Civilisation Park

Three new products to attract tourists to Islamic Civilisation Park



KUALA TERENGGANU, July 14 (Bernama) -- Three new tourism products will be introduced at the Islamic Civilisation Park (TTI) here to attract more visitors to the park and further boost the tourism industry in Terengganu.

TTI Management Sdn Bhd general manager Fazrul Isham Mohd said the new products to be made available at the park before end of the year would be a mini theme park, bird park and a 3D museum, expected to cost between RM2 million and RM2.5 million.

“We will submit as proposal paper on the projects to the state government for approval to achieve our target of getting 700,000 tourist arrivals by end of this year, from 665,000 last year,” he told Bernama.

He said the three proposed products would be in addition to the various attractions already available at TTI, such as the monument park, river cruise, the Crystal Mosque and the B Beteng restaurant.

-- BERNAMA

2019年7月18日星期四

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2019年7月11日星期四

Terengganu targets 6.5 million tourists by 2025

Terengganu targets 6.5 million tourists by 2025



The Terengganu government is targeting 6.5 million tourist arrivals with a projected revenue of RM6 billion by 2025.

State Tourism, Culture and Information Technology Committee chairman Ariffin Deraman said in order to achieve the target, the Terengganu Tourism Department has prepared a Terengganu Tourism Strategic Plan 2019-2023.

“The state government will continue to intensify promotions and exciting, creative and unique events making full use of the tourism products in the state so that the objective is achieved, thus providing economic spin-offs to the people of Terengganu,” he said.

Ariffin, who is also Alor Limbat assemblyman, said this to reporters when met after attending a tourism-related meeting with nine non-governmental organisations at Wisma Darul Iman here today.

He said the state government was confident of reaching its target of five million tourists before the end of this year with an increase in the domestic tourism segment via the organisation of large-scale events such as Kenyir Festival at Kenyir Lake, Terengganu Beach Carnival at Batu Buruk and Cultural Week in several districts in July and September .

Terengganu recorded 4.79 million tourists arrivals last year.

-- BERNAMA

2019年6月27日星期四

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Repair damaged facilities in Pulau Kapas

RM350,000 allocated to repair damaged facilities in Pulau Kapas


A total of RM350,000 has been allocated for the repair and maintenance of the facilities in Pulau Kapas to provide better image and attract more tourists to the resort island.

Terengganu Tourism, Culture and Communications Committee chairman Ariffin Deraman said the allocation was approved by the state government through the State Economic Planning Unit (UPEN) and the repair works would commence in July.

“The facilities include the pedestrian walkways, stairs and rubber fenders at Pulau Kapas jetty as well as toilets, surau and jungle tracking routes,” he told reporters after visiting the island here today.

-- BERNAMA

2019年6月21日星期五

Terengganu tightens enforcement at drawbridge

Terengganu tightens enforcement at drawbridge



Removing hazards: Stricter action will be taken on the drawbridge to deter rule breakers and improve safety for public users. — Bernama

KUALA TERENGGANU: Stricter action will be taken against those who fail to adhere to safety aspects and traffic rules along the route to Terengganu’s iconic drawbridge after it was officially opened to the public.

This includes enforcement against road users who park along restricted areas, said Mentri Besar Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar.

“We see many things that need to be improved, including a suitable place for the public to stop and take pictures and video recordings safely.“However, the habit of certain road users who park their vehicles on bicycle lanes although there are parking bays nearby will not be tolerated,” he said.

Road users have been found to purposely park their vehicles on bicycle lanes in Jalan Pantai Seberang Takir in Kuala Nerus and this was feared to damage the grass planted on the lanes.

Ahmad Samsuri said the improvements would be done during the closure of the drawbridge which started yesterday.

“The bridge will be launched officially as soon as possible,” he said.

The RM248mil bridge is the fourth bridge connecting Kuala Terengganu and Kuala Nerus after Jambatan Sultan Mahmud, Jambatan Pulau Rusa and Jambatan Pulau Sekati. — Bernama

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~

2019年6月10日星期一

New VMY 2020 logo to be unveiled this month

New VMY 2020 logo to be unveiled this month

The logo for Visit Malaysia 2020 will be unveiled during the national-level Hari Raya open house at the Royal Museum in Kuala Lumpur on June 22.

“The Prime Minister himself chose the logo on the eve of Hari Raya.

“The theme and logo will be unveiled then,” Deputy Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik said during his Hari Raya open house at SMK Pondok Upeh here yesterday.

A total of 586 entries were submitted for a design competition in March.

The design will also symbolise the various attractive ecotourism products in Malaysia.

Early last year, the Visit Malaysia 2020 logo did not go down well with social media users, as they generally felt that the design was not up to standard.

The emblem featured a cartoon of an orang utan in sunglasses hugging a proboscis monkey, a silhouette of the Petronas Twin Towers and a turtle on a beach, also wearing sunglasses. It included a caption: “Travel. Enjoy. Respect.”

Muhammad Bakhtiar said that events meant for Visit Malaysia 2020 would be required to be coordinated with the secretariat in charge of the campaign.

“This is to ensure it does not clash with other events under Visit Malaysia 2020,” he said.

He was responding to the proposal to bring BTS, a K-pop group, to the country for the celebration next year.

In April, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman had promised to bring the boy band to Malaysia and Tan Sri Tony Fernandes was tasked to deliver on this pledge.

Yesterday’s Raya open house was jointly hosted by Muhammad Bakhtiar, who is also the Balik Pulau MP, together with Pulau Betong assemblyman Mohd Tuah Ismail and Teluk Bahang assemblyman Zolkifly Md Lazim.

~News courtesy of The Star~

2019年6月7日星期五

Excitement runs high as first Asean drawbridge opens

Excitement runs high as first Asean drawbridge opens in Terengganu



Visitors brimming with excitement gathered as early as 6am today, an hour before opening, to get a closer look at the first drawbridge in Southeast Asia.

The road junction to the drawbridge from both Kuala Terengganu and Kuala Nerus was filled with vehicles waiting to cross the 638m bridge.

As soon as the road cones were moved at 7am, motorists and motorcyclists got onto the bridge and sounded their horns in excitement.

Some stood by the roadside and took pictures and video recordings.

Fauziah Jusoh, 42, said she had arrived at 6am because she could not wait to take a closer look at the bridge.

“When I got to know that the bridge would open today, I was very excited,” she said.

“After sahur and subuh prayers, I drove here straight.”

Fauziah, who is from Kuala Terengganu, said she was proud to be among the first to get on the bridge.

Seberang Takir resident Muhammad Sollehin Yunus, 38, said now it would only take him about 10 minutes to travel to the city centre from his home, compared with 15 to 20 minutes previously.

“Before this, if I wanted to go to Kuala Terengganu, I had to use the longer route.

“But now there is a shorter way. I just proceed to the roundabout near Ketapang Bay Beach and continue towards the bridge, and I will reach Kuala Terengganu in no time.”

The government officer was already waiting at the road junction to the drawbridge from Kuala Nerus at 6.30am.

The drawbridge, which has two 16-storey tall towers, is open for a trial run until June 17.

East Coast Economic Region Development Council senior manager (ECERDC) Razlee Hassan said 300 to 400 vehicles were expected to pass through the bridge today.

He said the public was not allowed to walk on the bridge to take pictures as the pedestrian walkway was still closed.

“At the moment, no pedestrians are allowed on the bridge as this is a temporary opening.

“Only vehicles are allowed during the trial, because we do not want traffic problems.

“To selfie buffs, please be patient... God willing, after June 17 we will announce the official opening date.

“Then, you can take as many pictures as you want.”

In addition, he said, in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the area around the drawbridge would be illuminated with coloured lights at night from June 4 to 7.

~New Straits Times~