Pub­li­cise blos­som­ing sea­son of Raf­fle­sia, Jami­lah urges SFC

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KUCH­ING: A gov­ern­ment back­bencher has called on Sarawak Forestry Cor­po­ra­tion ( SFC) to carry out wide pub­lic­ity be­fore the blos­som­ing sea­son of Raf­fle­sia flower.

In mak­ing the call, Datuk Amar Jami­lah Anu ( BN-Tan­jong Datu) said this is to en­able vis­i­tors to plan their visit to Gu­nung Gad­ing Na­tional Park.

She pointed out that many vis­i­tors were frus­trated after they could not see the Raf­fle­sia flower, be­lieved to be the largest flower in the world, blos­som­ing.

“The man­age­ment of SFC ought to carry out a wide pub­lic­ity be­fore blos­som­ing sea­son of Raf­fle­sia flower.

“This is to en­sure that vis­i­tors to the Na­tional Park ( Gu­nung Gad­ing Na­tional Park) can plan their jour­ney to see the Raf­fle­sia flower blos­som.

“Many vis­i­tors (to the Na­tional Park) are frus­trated be­cause after a long jour­ney, they can­not see the flower blos­som,” she told the au­gust House when de­bat­ing the Sup­ply (2018) Bill 2017.

Jami­lah pointed out that Raf­fle­sia flower is a great at­trac­tion in Gu­nung Gad­ing Na­tional Park.

She stressed the need to pro­mote eco-tourism des­ti­na­tions like Tan­jong Dato Na­tional Park and Gu­nung Gad­ing Na­tional Park in the con­stituency.

She added that even though both na­tional parks are less pop­u­lar com­pared to Bako Na­tional Park, both should also be pro­moted.

“I’m aware that both na­tional parks (Gu­nung Gad­ing and Tan­jong Dato Na­tional Parks) are less pop­u­lar due to in­ac­ces­si­bil­ity, but

The man­age­ment of SFC ought to carry out a wide pub­lic­ity be­fore blos­som­ing sea­son of Raf­fle­sia flower. This is to en­sure that vis­i­tors to the Na­tional Park (Gu­nung Gad­ing Na­tional Park) can plan their jour­ney to see the Raf­fle­sia flower blos­som.

it does not mean that the pub­lic­ity be re­duced,” she told the House.

Ac­cord­ing to her, Bako Na­tional Park recorded 51,520 vis­i­tors as of Oc­to­ber this year, com­pared to 17,294 vis­i­tors to Gu­nung Gad­ing Na­tional Park over the same pe­riod.

On an­other is­sue, Jami­lah urged the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Science and Tech­no­log­i­cal Re­search to erect perime­ter fenc­ing for SMK Se­matan which is now dam­aged.

She said the dam­aged fenc­ing was a se­cu­rity con­cern for the board­ing stu­dents.

Ac­cord­ing to her, she was made to un­der­stand that there was an en­croach­ment by plan­ta­tion work­ers to the school com­pound.

“It is my fer­vent hope the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Science and Tech­no­log­i­cal Re­search look into this mat­ter with great con­cern be­fore it is too late, es­pe­cially when pre­cious lives are lost,” she pointed out.

She also said SMK Lundu needs a new build­ing for Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion to ac­com­mo­date the 72 stu­dents who have spe­cial needs.

Presently, these stu­dents are ac­com­mo­dated in three classes which are only meant for 21 stu­dents.

Be­sides that, the school also needs a new li­brary, she added.

She also said that seven of the 415 di­lap­i­dated schools in the state an­nounced­byMin­is­terofE­d­u­ca­tion, Science and Tech­no­log­i­cal Re­search Dato Sri Michael Manyin are lo­cated in her con­stituency, among them SK Telok Me­lano, SK Pueh, SK Pugu, SK Ram­bun­gan, SK Stung­gang Teme­lan and SK Se­bat.

Datuk Amar Jami­lah Anu, (BN-Tan­jong Datu)

Datuk Amar Jami­lah Anu

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