KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 (Bernama) — Kampung Paya Siput, Lanchang, in Temerloh, Pahang where the midpoint of Peninsular Malaysia is located will be developed as a new tourist attraction.
Pahang Culture and Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said the project would commence in September.
The Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia (JUPEM) has confirmed the spot as the exact location of the midpoint of the peninsula.
“In addition to the construction of a monument to mark the midpoint, other facilities will be built, including a park, stalls and souvenir shops,” he told Bernama after the launch of the Persatuan Suri dan Anggota Wanita Bernama (Benita) Treasure Hunt 2017 at Wisma Bernama yesterday.
According to him, another tourism attraction, Tiger Valley in Krau Forest Reserve, Bukit Rengit, Lanchang was scheduled for completion at the end of the year.
He said construction of the project involving 80 hectares aimed to save tigers from extinction, was underway.
“Aside from that, we have the ‘deer land’ at Lanchang, the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre and Biodiversity Institute to propel Pahang as a world-class ecotourism centre,” said Mohd Sharkar.
He said efforts to attract more tourists to the state were ongoing, not only during Visit Malaysia Year 2017.
“We have so far received about four million tourists this year and can achieve the 15 million target if we jointly promote Pahang as an attractive holiday destination,” he said.
To promote Pahang as a tourist attraction, he said, the state government was also focusing on organisation of specific events to draw the participation of various parties. “For example, we have our own signature events such as Fraser’s Hill International Bird Race, Sultan Ahmad Shah International Eco-Challenge and The Royal Pahang Billfish International Challenge,” he added.