Publicise blossoming season of Rafflesia, Jamilah urges SFC
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