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Old June 17th, 2007, 03:34 AM   #41
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Old June 20th, 2007, 03:43 AM   #42
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June 19, 2007 20:25 PM

Malaysia Among World's Safest Tourist Destinations


KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 (Bernama) -- Foreign tourists have no worry coming to Malaysia because the country is among the safest destinations in the world to visit, Tourism Malaysia Director-General Datuk Mirza Mohammad Taiyab said.

He said the crime rate in Malaysia was still low compared to those in some developed countries in Europe like in Paris, France, where the rate was so high that people had to queue to lodge police reports.

He gave a scenario in Milan, Italy as an example where tourists who lost their luggage were approached by the thieves who demanded payment for the return of the baggage.

"Malaysia is a safe place where even a petty crime gets reported," he told reporters after opening the general meeting of the Association of Malaysian Bumiputera Adventure and Travel Companies (Bumitra) here today.

He was reacting to crime reports by the media, whether they would adversely affect promotions for the Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

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Old June 24th, 2007, 01:45 PM   #43
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Malaysia Exploring Religious Tour Package To Boost Tourism


From Alan Ting

URUMQI (China), June 23 (Bernama) -- The Tourism Ministry plans to offer "religious tour packages" that include Umrah and religious rite classes to boost tourist arrivals in the country, said Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

He said as an early preparation, Malaysia had sought the Chinese government's permission to offer Umrah packages to Muslims from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region with Malaysia as the transit point.

"They can come to Malaysia for 10 to 15 days for a holiday where they can also undergo a course to refresh them on the Umrah pilgrimage rites.

"After that they can proceed to Mecca to perform their Umrah before returning home," he told Malaysian reporters accompanying him on his week- long visit to China.

However, Tengku Adnan said the proposed "religious tour package" was subject to approval by the Chinese authorities as its citizens must obtain government permission for travel abroad.

"We have brought this matter up with the Chinese National Tourism Administration. However, they told me they would have to refer the proposal to the other government departments as it was not in charge of matters pertaining to religion," he said.

The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is China's most western province, covering 16 per cent of the country's total land area and is populated by 13 of China's 55 minority groups. Most of its population are Muslims.

Tengku Adnan said the plan was in line with the ministry's strategy to seek untapped markets such as Xinjiang.

"We are trying to resolve the problem of flight connections," he said, adding that efforts were being make to have flights connecting Urumqi, Xinjiang's capital to Malaysia through cities in Central Asia such as Almaty in Kazakhstan and Tashkent in Uzbekistan.

The flight from Urumqi to Almaty takes about 40 minutes and one can take a connecting flight on Kazakhstan Airlines to Kuala Lumpur, compared with a four-hour flight to Beijing and another six hours to Kuala Lumpur.

Therefore, Tengku Adnan said, efforts were being made to resume chartered flights between Urumqi and Kuala Lumpur which were stopped last year due to low loads.

Meanwhile, the deputy director-general of the Xinjiang Tourism Administration, Chi Chong Qing said about 40,000 tourists from Xinjiang visited Malaysia last year.

"About 10,000 were from Urumqi, and the rest from other cities in the province," he said.

Tourism Malaysia statistics showed that 900,000 Malaysians visited China while 440,000 Chinese visited Malaysia last year.

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Old June 27th, 2007, 06:16 AM   #44
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June 27, 2007 12:06 PM

Malaysia Remains Natural Destination For Chinese Tourists

YINCHUAN (Northwest China), June 27 (Bernama) -- Malaysia remains a natural choice for Chinese tourists despite some bad publicity and dubious "zero cost" tour packages offered by Malaysian tour operators.

Tourism Malaysia China Market Advisory Council member Datuk Tan Jing Nam is confident that there are no other markets except Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia where Chinese tourists could feel at home when holidaying abroad.

"Malaysia is their third largest natural destination after Taiwan and Singapore. We have a substantial section of the population who speak Chinese and there is plenty of Chinese food available," he said.

Tan, who is also the group managing director of Tanco Holdings Berhad, said these were among the points discussed by the council since it was established at the end of last year.

"So far, we have had three meetings. We've given our suggestions and feedback to the Tourism Ministry, which is also the council's secretariat," he said.

However, Tan said the 15 council members had also stressed that the practice of "zero cost" tour packages by Malaysian tour operators had to be stopped.

"Apart from that, Malaysian authorities also need to have better understanding of the Chinese market, especially of the growing affluent class travelling abroad.

"Currently, there are about 30 million Chinese travelling abroad for holidays. By 2010, the number is expected to increase to about 100 million. This is a huge market," he added.

Tan said there was also the need for better handling of Chinese tourists to Malaysia in order not to give any bad impression.

"There had been cases of high-ranking Chinese officials such as mayors and vice-governors visiting Malaysia in their private capacity, but ended up being hauled up by our authorities on suspicion of trying to seek employment in the country," he revealed.

Therefore, he said, the council had submitted several proposals and given their feedback to the Tourism Ministry on how to improve the tourism industry.

The council members include several Malaysian top business leaders such as Tan Sri William Cheng, Tan Sri Robert Kuok, Tan Sri Lim Giat Tong and former Minister of Science, Technology and Environment Datuk Seri Law Hieng Ding.

"Most of us have investments in China and we are using our experience and knowledge to help the Tourism Ministry to bring in more tourists to Malaysia," Tan said.

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Old July 6th, 2007, 04:11 AM   #45
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uly 05, 2007 22:36 PM

US$2 Bln Tourism Bank Set Up To Promote Tourism In Arab Countries


By Nor Faridah A. Rashid

DUBAI, July 5 (Bernama) -- A US $2 billion (RM6.8 billion) Arab Tourism Bank has been established to further develop and fund tourism projects in the Arab world.

The agreement for the set-up was signed Wednesday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, between the Arab Tourism Organisation and Siraj Capital Group, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Siraj Capital chairman Dr Ghassan Al-Suleiman said the bank will contribute positively to the development of the tourism industry in the Arab countries.

The Jeddah-based investment company specialises in developing, sponsoring, seeding and launching innovative investment funds, and investment opportunities in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Middle East and North Africa.

Last year, it signed an agreement with Malaysia's Johor Corp (JCorp) to develop and launch US$500 million worth of Syariah-compliant investment funds, namely a real estate investment trust (REIT) and a regional private equity investment fund (RUIF).

The REIT fund will focus on real estate investments related to tourism, education, property, industrial and technology parks while the RUIF will concentrate on investments in strategic private equity sectors like palm oil, biodiesel, oil and gas industry, and other related sectors that have technology-based components.

Both funds will seek investors and investment opportunities in both Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.

The agreement was sealed in conjunction with the visit of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Abdul Aziz Al Saud to Malaysia last year.

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Old July 6th, 2007, 02:33 PM   #46
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Malaysia, 2nd Most Popular Holiday Destination For Sri Lankans


KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 (Bernama) -- Malaysia was the second most popular holiday destination for holiday-makers from Sri Lanka after Thailand, due mainly to value for money deals and regular flight frequencies.

China came in third followed by Singapore.

This was evident from holiday packages bought by Sri Lankans and Indians from SriLankan Holidays, the leisure arm of national carrier SriLankan Airlines.

They contributed over 90 percent to overall growth of SriLankan Holidays, the company said in a statement here today.

The company sold over 10,000 packages during the year and over 50 percent to popular destinations out of the island-nation.

SriLankan Airlines' chief executive officer, Peter Hill, said: "We believe there is still untapped potential in the region for holidays and it will continue its growth momentum this year."

He said SriLankan Holidays is expecting in excess of 100 percent growth this year, led by outbound traffic from India and Sri Lanka, with East Asia continuing to be an important destination.

SriLankan Airlines operates 12 flights a week from KL International Airport (KLIA) to Sri Lanka with immediate connections to Europe, the Middle East, India and Maldives.

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Old July 9th, 2007, 11:29 AM   #47
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July 09, 2007 14:43 PM

Malaysia On Course To Be Among The Top Golfing Destinations In Region

KUCHING, July 9 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is now among the preferred golfing destinations in the region following an aggressive promotion and publicity blitz for the past few years.

Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (MTPB) Assistant Director Rosli Reshid Mohamed Saini said that in some cases, golfers who had played in Malaysia had returned with their families not to play golf but to spend their vacation in this country.

Speaking at a news conference on the sixth leg of the World Amateur Inter Team Golf Championship (WAITGC) being held here from today until Thursday, Rosli Reshid said the rising number of tourist arrivals in Malaysia every year was a strong indication that the government was on the right track in promoting the sport.

Meanwhile, the WAITGC secretariat said in a statement that the sixth leg of the WAITGC would be played at the Damai Golf and Country Club today and tomorrow and at the Sarawak Golf Club on July 11 and 12.

It said 32 teams would be taking part, including teams from Australia, Brunei, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, China and Pakistan.

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Old July 12th, 2007, 09:06 AM   #48
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July 11, 2007 21:22 PM

Shanghai Wants Greater Tourism Links With Malaysia


By Tham Choy Lin

SHANGHAI, July 11 (Bernama) -- Shanghai vice-mayor Tang Dengjie on Wednesday called for greater tourism cooperation with Malaysia to bring the relationship to a new high as the city braces up to host the 2010 World Expo.

He said ties between Shanghai and Malaysia had deepened and expanded over a number of areas including economy, culture and energy over the years.

"We want also to further strengthen our cooperation, in particular, in tourism," he said during a courtesy call by Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar on his third city stop in his five-day official visit.

Syed Hamid had earlier visited Guangzhou and Shenzhen. He is due in Beijing on Thursday for a bilateral meeting with his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi and will wrap up his trip by calling on Premier Wenjiao the same day.

The Malaysian minister lauded greater cooperation with Shanghai, China's second biggest city and leading financial hub, saying that the close relations between Malaysia and China provided the opportunity to expand the scope of cooperation.

"The interaction between the two countries and the top leaders has always been positive and constructive and we can broaden our cooperaton for mutual benefit," said Syed Hamid who was accompanied by Malaysian ambassador to China Datuk Syed Norulzaman Kamarulzaman, Foreign Ministry Deputy Secretary-General I Datuk Othman Abdullah and Malaysian Consul-General in Shanghai Jamal Hassan.

In the first half of this year, nearly 78,000 Chinese nationals applied for visas at the Malaysian consulate in Shanghai.

After a luncheon hosted by vice-mayor Tang, Syed Hamid visited the 2010 World Expo Coordination Centre and was briefed on preparations including the area allocated to Malaysia and the other nine Asean member countries which will all participate in the event.

Shanghai is the first Chinese city to organise the exposition in its 156-year history and it has picked the theme "Better City, Better Life".

Exposition deputy director-general Huang Yaocheng said Malaysia had been among the early birds to confirm its participation and he believed that the Malaysian pavilion would be spectacular as in previous expositions.

An area of 3,000 sq metres have been reserved for Malaysia which is among 157 confirmed participants so far. Organisers are targeting entries from 200 countries and a visitor turnout of 70 million.

The sprawling exposition site is spread along both banks of the Huangpu River which features the city's most famous landmark, the Bund.

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Old July 20th, 2007, 03:01 AM   #49
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The cab diver in Singapore had us scared after letting us know how unsafe Malaysia generally was and that "Singaporeans often got stabbed in the heart" when they visited. Great. But we continued on...the bus ride was fine and we took a quick taxi ride to the hostel where we had booked, The Green Hut.
http://www.travelblog.org/Asia/Malay...og-182960.html

Kuala Lumpur is modern, crisp and clean with an "old-world" twist thrown in. In just a couple of days, I think we've experienced a sample of almost every religion and culture you can think of. This makes for a unique and facinating culture all of its own! There's loads more of Kuala Lumpur we didn't get to see, but what we encountered was a really great city. Would have loved to stay longer, but we have a pressing engagement with the Orangutans of Borneo!! An uncontrollably excited Lucy will be updating you on those little chappies in the next installment.
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Old July 20th, 2007, 05:10 AM   #50
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uly 19, 2007 21:37 PM

Malaysia, Pakistan Ink Tourism Cooperation Pact

KUALA LUMPUR, July 19 (Bernama) -- Malaysia and Pakistan Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation in the tourism industry.

Tourism Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Victor Wee signed the MoU with his Pakistani counterpart, Shahid Rafi.

Dr Wee told reporters later that Malaysia would benefit from the cooperation by having more tourist arrivals from Pakistan and the possibility of tapping investment potential in Pakistan's tourism sector.

A total of 20,882 Pakistanis visited Malaysia in the first six months of this year compared to 20,708 in the corresponding period last year, he said.

He attributed the increase to promotional drive carried out by Tourism Ministry.

Dr Wee said both countries could collaborate in research and development, training, promotion, publicity and investment in the tourism industry.

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RM22.4b tourist money pours into Malaysia in Jan-June

August 24 2007

A WHOPPING RM22.4 billion! That was the amount of money that foreign tourists spent in this country in the first six months of this year, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said yesterday.

He said 10.7 million visitors came to Malaysia during the period, and each spent an average of RM2,100 (US$600).

“This is within the range of our target of getting them to spend RM45.5 billion (US$13 billion) during Visit Malaysia Year (VMY 2007),” he told reporters after opening the Food and Hotel Malaysia 2007 exhibition.

Tengku Adnan said VMY 2007 would be extended to August 31 next year under a campaign known as “One Golden Celebration”, to capitalise on the country’s 50th Merdeka celebrations starting August 31.

On the reported shortage of hotel rooms in Pahang, Langkawi, Sabah and Kuala Lumpur, he said that at a meeting earlier yesterday key industry players agreed to encourage more new players to build hotels as a long-term solution to the problem. Other steps included postponing some major events.

“One of them is the Malaysian International Space Adventure (Misa). We are trying to push it to the end of the year or early next year,” he said. — Bernama
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Gearing to become medical tourism hub

By DANNY YAP

Can Malaysia be the preferred healthcare hub in the region? If so, what needs to be done to ensure it becomes a reality and not just wishful thinking?

MALAYSIA has the potential to become the preferred healthcare hub in the region, but players in the industry believe it is not capitalising on the full potential of the medical resources, including expertise available locally.

KPJ Healthcare Bhd chief financial officer Alvin Lee said Malaysia was lagging behind Singapore and Thailand as a healthcare hub for medical tourism in the region.

“Our medical facilities are at least at par with these countries in terms of service and price but we still lose out as a preferred destination for treatment,” he told StarBiz.

KPJ is a leading public-listed healthcare company in Malaysia with 17 hospitals nationwide and six hospitals abroad in Indonesia, Bangladesh and the Middle East.

Lee said 20% to 30% of KPJ's revenue, which was approaching RM1bil this year, was derived from its overseas medical hospitals. The figures are growing fast, indicating that medical services are in great demand in the countries KPJ services.

“Ironically, healthcare services for foreign tourists in Malaysia represented only about 3% of our total revenue, despite us being an established healthcare provider,” he said.

However, Lee said profit margins were attractive in this segment of the healthcare industry.

So what is holding Malaysia back?

To be fair, countries such as Singapore and Thailand had been promoting themselves as a healthcare hub several years ahead of Malaysia and had gained a strong reputation as good service providers, especially for medical tourism.

According to Lee, income generated from health tourism in the more established private hospitals in Thailand were currently contributing about 30% to their total revenue, while some prestigious private hospitals in Singapore managed to achieve 50% revenue contribution.

“Private hospitals there know that many foreigners seeking healthcare service are prepared to pay well if they are satisfied with the service levels,” he said, adding that these hospitals had gained their clients' trust.

“We in Malaysia have to play catch-up with the rest of the players in the region.”

Lee said for the country to develop a competitive edge in medical tourism, it would require a concerted effort by all parties.

The Government (especially the Health Ministry) and private healthcare providers needed to collaborate further to promote, educate and develop delivery systems and logistic channels that directly impact the industry in a positive manner.

“For instance, in Thailand, they have the Green Lane visa issued to foreigners within 24 hours to allow them entry into the country for medical treatment,” he added.

The Singapore government works closely with private healthcare providers participating in overseas exhibitions by sharing a booth and extending their support and network.

A managing director of a local private healthcare hospital said Malaysia also promoted healthcare services to foreigners.

“The website www.malaysiahealth.com was launched a couple of years ago to promote health tourism to Malaysia. It's a one-stop destination or platform for healthcare services as well as a medical and holiday consultant,” he said.

The managing director said the website provided useful information on medical services available here and suggestions on private hospitals for tourists.

“While the collaboration between the Health Ministry and private hospitals is a positive one, we believe more can be done to further promote medical tourism in Malaysia,” he said.

He said based on the number of foreign tourists seeking medical treatment/services here each year, it would probably take at least another five years for the country to reach the current levels of such tourist arrivals in Thailand and Singapore.

On what Malaysia could do to leapfrog ahead, he said: “We need to be much more aggressive with marketing and promotional activities locally and abroad and channel those interest to a platform that delivers what we (the Government and private hospitals) promise.”

He also cited the country's excellent tourism promotional campaign “Malaysia Truly Asia” which benefited many hotels that were affected by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

“There was a deliberate focus and action plan to aggressively market the country as a favoured tourist destination. The Government even provided grants to ailing hotels during the crisis period to revive the industry. Now, many hotels are enjoying good occupancy rates,” he added.

He said medical tourism should piggyback on the "Malaysia Truly Asia'' promotional campaign and be included as an optional facility to the whole package.

A medical specialist with Assunta Hospital said Malaysia's healthcare providers were second to none.

“It's unfortunate there are insufficient opportunities locally for many medical practitioners as well as other healthcare providers such as nurses to show their talent and improve their income despite being highly skilled in their profession. This is due to the lack of creativity to increase demand for their services,” he said.

On whether local patients would be sidelined if private medical hospitals treat more foreign tourists, the specialist said there was always a possibility but it was unlikely as medical practitioners were duty bound to help all patients.

The specialist said the Government and private healthcare organisations should work together to ensure local patients were not neglected.

“A workable structure and system can be achieved if the authorities and healthcare providers meet regularly under a consultative approach to find ways acceptable to all parties and possibly have it legislated,” he said.
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August 29, 2007 14:40 PM

Foreign Tourists Generate RM24 Billion Revenue For Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 (Bernama) -- Revenue from foreign tourist expenditure rose 45.9 per cent to more than RM24 billion in the first half this year compared with RM16.4 billion for corresponding period last year, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Deputy Tourism Minister Datuk Donald Lim Siang Chai said tourists from the Asean countries were the main contributors, spending RM15.1 billion, up from RM11.3 billion for the corresponding period last year.

Revenue from tourists from non-Asean countries also saw an increase of 75.2 per cent to RM8.8 billion, from RM5 billion.

"The main contributor to Malaysia's tourism revenue is Singapore with tourists from the country spending RM10.8 billion, followed by Indonesia (RM1.7 billion).

"Brunei contributed RM1.1 billion, Thailand (RM1 billion), China (RM751.9 million), Middle East countries (RM641.9 million), India (RM620.4 million), Australia (RM557 million), United Kingdom (RM488.9 million and Japan (RM392.3 million)," he said in response to Che Azmi Abdul Rahman (BN-Kuala Nerus), who wanted to know the government's expenditure for tourism and revenue earned from the industry.

On expenses of individual tourists during their stay in Malaysia, Lim said it saw an increase of 16.9 per cent from RM1,922.80 between January and June last year to RM2,247.90 over the same period this year.

Lim also said that the Mega Familiarisation Tour organised by Tourism Malaysia generated RM46.8 million in publicity value between January and July this year, involving 3,471 participants.

"The mechanism used to determine revenue from foreign tourists is through studies by Tourism Malaysia at the main entry points into the country and the immigration complex.

"Interviews are held with tourists when they leave the country at the respective locations," he added.

Lim said the tourism sector had indirectly enhanced the socio-economy of other sectors in the country through the creation of employment opportunities and improvement in the living standard of the rural community and the country's image.

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malaysia ekspor teroris ke bali & philippines biar memberi kesan bahwa berwisata disana tidak aman dan membawa turis-turis untuk datang ke malaysia..


hmmm...sangat licik....
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you dumbass bitch...wtf? you must be silly indon.go the hell with your shitty comment.
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dude, don't make a fool of yourself with half brain comments and put your fellow Indonesians to shame..you are apparently ignorant and got nothing better to do than offending your neighbours..
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ssshenzoong is a troll
I think you all can recognize it from the number of his post
From now on just ignore him until the real tai ko sze come, delete his posts and banned him
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September 06, 2007 09:53 AM

Major Facelift To Turn Kampung Air Into Tourism Product

By Nashir Mansor

KOTA KINABALU, Sept 6 (Bernama) -- In Sabah, whenever "kampung air" is mentioned, people are quick to associate it with squatters, garbage, crime and other anti-social elements.

This negative image is like an indelible mark for any settlement built over water -- be it in the north, west and east coasts of Sabah.

The same goes for islands off the state.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, in his speech when launching the Agropolitan Project at Pulau Banggi last Aug 11, urged villagers not to dump garbage into the sea in the effort to conserve the island's beauty.

This is no exception for Kg Air Tanjung Aru, an over the water settlement located some 15 minutes drive from here. Motorists who use the coastal highway to get to the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) would certainly not miss this "floating village".

Despite the scenario that Kg Air Tanjung Aru, which has some 3,000 villagers staying in about 240 dwellings on stilts, is much better off than similar villages in the state, its location of a mere "stone's throw" away from the city centre is like a thorn in the flesh.

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This village, like other water settlements in Sembulan, Likas and Pulau Gaya, is deemed as the main source of dumped garbage which littered the beach that lined the 5-star hotels located nearby.

Everyday, workers at the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park that encompasses the resort islands of Pulau Gaya, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Manukan which front Kampung Air Tanjung Aru, have to work extra hard to clear garbage dumped along the beach.

This floating village, came to life long before the existence of the 5-star hotels that flanked it apart from the KKIA which is the second busiest airport in the country after the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

However Kg Air Tanjung Aru is still considered by many as an eye sore.

Villagers there are calling for the government to give the settlement a major facelift for the village to be transformed into a modern traditional village, particularly after 50 years of the country's independence.

SEWERAGE SYSTEM


"There is no regulation that can be enforced to stop villagers from dumping garbage into the sea. That is why the residents like to take the easy way out by simply throwing their refuse into the sea.

"Furthermore, this village has no sewerage system, hence sewage from all the houses here flows direct into the sea," Kg Air Tanjung Aru headman Manap Abdullah told Bernama.

According to Manap, despite the fact that the village is no squatter settlement and has basic facilities like water and power supply, it is still difficult to educate the residents not to throw rubbish into the sea.

This happened despite the countless advice and reminders issued by the authorities to the villagers

However this is set to change via the development programme mapped out by the Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry, to be implemented by the Kota Kinabalu City Council (DBKK).

RM10 MILLION PROGRAMME

The RM10 million programme took off the ground several months back. It is to provide facilities and infrastructure like a jetty as well as sewerage and garbage disposal systems.

"We wish to change the image of Kg Air Tanjung Aru, that is frequently associated with (anti-social) problems to something which can bring benefits to the villagers, Kota Kinabalu city and the whole of Sabah.

"We want to turn this village into an attraction for foreign tourists who have not seen a floating settlement in their respective home country," said DBKK Director-General Dr Chua Kim Hing.

Dr Chua said no villagers are to be relocated under this development programme as the settlement is to remain at its present spot.

He said among the facilities to be built at the village are a handicraft centre and a multi-purpose hall for the staging of cultural performances.

Dr Chua said the residents are expected to economically benefit from the move to make Kg Air Tanjung Aru a tourism product.

According to Manap: "More than 80 percent of the villagers have given their nod for this development programme as it does not involve relocating the residents. It is hoped that the village's negative image can be shed".

LIFESTYLE


"We are used to this lifestyle," said a Kg Air Tanjung Aru resident Reman Serimin, 41.

He agrees that the development programme would make the village more comfortable to live in.

Reman hopes that the changes expected to occur in the village would not burden its residents as many of them are from the low-income group like fishermen and blue-collar workers in the public and private sectors.

Collina Masidin, already has plans to set up a stall selling grilled fish after the development project is completed.

The 36-year-old part-time referee with the Sabah Football Association (Safa) welcomes the implementation of any development programme as long as it benefits the village's residents.

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