Prac­tise healthy life­style, peo­ple told

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA TERENG­GANU: Sul­tan Mizan Zainal Abidin wants his sub­jects to prac­tise a healthy and ac­tive way of life fol­low­ing re­ports on the in­crease in cases of dis­eases such as di­a­betes, high blood pres­sure and obe­sity.

“There is an up­ward trend in such dis­eases due to in­ac­tive way of life, lack of phys­i­cal ex­er­cise and bad eat­ing habits,” he said when open­ing the fifth ses­sion of the 13th state assem­bly.

“Ev­ery­one should ex­er­cise more and prac­tise good eat­ing habits. In this re­spect, the state govern­ment is up­grad­ing fa­cil­i­ties in recre­ational ar­eas to be more user-friendly.”

Sul­tan Mizan said he was happy that the state govern­ment had es­tab­lished the sec­re­tar­iat for Tabung Darul Iman as this would en­able the peo­ple, es­pe­cially the poor, to re­ceive med­i­cal as­sis­tance, milk and di­a­pers and to pro­vide as­sis­tance to fire vic­tims.

Since last year, he said more than 5,000 peo­ple had ben­e­fited from the fund and RM8 mil­lion had been dis­bursed.

Apart from state govern­ment al­lo­ca­tions, the fund was also sup­ported by pri­vate donors and govern­ment-linked com­pa­nies.

Sul­tan Mizan also wanted the state govern­ment to ex­pand the tourism sec­tor to pro­vide a longterm rev­enue al­ter­na­tive to the oil and gas sec­tor, as well as im­prove on clean­li­ness, ser­vices and safety at tourist spots to give vis­i­tors max­i­mum sat­is­fac­tion.

The Tereng­ganu Tourism De­vel­op­ment Plan in­cludes strength­en­ing tourism and her­itage prod­ucts, up­grad­ing re­sort is­lands and the de­vel­op­ment of state parks.

He said state parks had the po­ten­tial to con­trib­ute to the tourism sec­tor and sin­gled out Setiu Wet­lands, the first state

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