Take ad­van­tage of ‘Tourism Belt’ sta­tus, Te­laga Air folk urged

The Borneo Post - - HOME - By Jacque­line David re­[email protected]­bor­neo­post.com

KUCH­ING: South­ern Sarawak, which en­com­passes Telok Me­lano and Sem­bi­lan Ber­adek ar­eas – in­clud­ing Te­laga Air, has been recog­nised by the Min­istry of Tourism, Arts, Cul­ture, Youth and Sports (MTACYS) as the ‘Tourism Belt of Sarawak’ over the past sev­eral years.

Ac­cord­ing to As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Ru­ral Elec­tric­ity Datuk Dr Ab­dul Rahman Ju­naidi, this zone is where the im­ple­men­ta­tion of tourism devel­op­ments is largely con­cen­trated upon.

“It started 10 years ago, where among the ap­proaches by the Sarawak gov­ern­ment was to de­velop the tourism in­fra­struc­tures in and around Te­laga Air.

“The Sarawak gov­ern­ment, through MTACYS, has con­structed the water­front and es­planade, un­der­taken re­pair works on the cur­rent in­fra­struc­ture, and also built new in­fra­struc­tures for the vil­lage folk to sell their cakes and pas­tries.

“These are among the in­fra­struc­tures slated for lo­cal tourism. Now it is up to us, the vil­lage folk, to take ad­van­tage of the fa­cil­i­ties pro­vided, and to be part of the tourism in­dus­try,” he spoke prior to of­fi­ci­at­ing at the launch of a ‘ Tourism and En­tre­pre­neur Pro­gramme’ at the Te­laga Air Es­planade near here yes­ter­day.

The event – jointly or­gan­ised and run by the Pan­tai Da­mai branch of Sarawak United Na­tional Youth Or­gan­i­sa­tion ( Saberkas) and Srikandi Pan­tai Da­mai – hosted around 500 peo­ple.

Adding on Dr Ab­dul Rahman, who is Pan­tai Da­mai assem­bly­man and also Saberkas vice-pres­i­dent, ex­pressed his hope that the lo­cal tourism in­dus­try would in­clude peo­ple from all vil­lages in Te­laga Air, which is un­der the Pan­tai Da­mai con­stituency.

“In Te­laga Air, we have lots of at­trac­tions such as the man­grove ar­eas, the rivers, is­lands and beaches. There­fore, I sug­gest that the vil­lagers pro­mote their ar­eas based on what the vil­lages are well known for.

“Even if you have some arte­facts and you wish to pro­mote them, this could be­come a tourist’s at­trac­tion by it­self – do let us know about it.

“Also, you can set up home­s­tays where the tourists can learn more about our cul­tures and daily ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Mean­while, Dr Ab­dul Rahman com­mended the ini­tia­tive by a group of women who es­tab­lished a new women move­ment in the con­stituency, the Srikandi Pan­tai Da­mai.

On this, the assem­bly­man would want to see more women join­ing this move­ment.

“I’m en­cour­ag­ing the young women to join Srikandi Pan­tai Da­mai, so that you would get to be in­volved in many projects and pro­grammes – all slated for the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple in Pan­tai Da­mai,” he said.

The ‘Tourism and En­tre­pre­neur Pro­gramme’ yes­ter­day

It started 10 years ago, where among the ap­proaches by the Sarawak gov­ern­ment was to de­velop the tourism in­fra­struc­tures in and around Te­laga Air. Datuk Dr Ab­dul Rahman Ju­naidi, As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Ru­ral Elec­tric­ity

in­cor­po­rated three el­e­ments – en­trepreneur­ship, agri­cul­ture and tourism – in all its ac­tiv­i­ties such as a bazaar sell­ing food, drinks and lo­cal pro­duce in­clud­ing duri­ans, as well as a chil­dren’s colour­ing con­test and a group dance chal­lenge.

Lo­cal all-boy dance troupe ‘Cau­tion Crew’ wowed the judges with their en­er­getic and sharplysynced moves – emerg­ing the win­ner among five par­tic­i­pat­ing teams.

Kam­pung Te­laga Air head­man Mor­shidi Jo­hari and lo­cal com­mu­nity lead­ers also at­tended the event.

Dr Ab­dul Rahman (front, fifth left) un­veils the ban­ner to of­fi­cially de­clare the es­tab­lish­ment of Srikandi Pan­tai Da­mai in Te­laga Air.

Dr Ab­dul Rahman (seated, fourth left) joins pro­gramme par­tic­i­pants, in­clud­ing the chil­dren tak­ing part in the colour­ing con­test and teams com­pet­ing in the group dance chal­lenge, in a group photo.

The young mem­bers of Cau­tion Crew per­form their win­ning dance num­ber.

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