THE SMALL town of Beruas will be promoted as one of the state’s tourism destinations during Visit Perak Year 2017.
Perak Tourism Committee Chairman Datuk Nolee Ashilin Mohd Radzi (BN-Tualang Sekah) said the town has potential to be an attraction due to its natural surroundings and historical significance.
“The ancient Hindu-Malay kingdom of Gangga Negara is believed to have been centred around Beruas.
“The Beruas Museum contains artefacts believed to be from the Gangga Negara period and the museum is promoted through the ‘Fun Map of Perak’ brochure,” she said in replying to a written question by Datuk Abd Manaf Hashim (BN-Pengkalan) during the State Assembly sitting last Friday.
“There’s also the tomb of Raja Beruas, with its mystery and myths, while the Ulu Licin waterfalls are also be an attraction,” she added.
Nolee said Beruas will be promoted together with the Lumut-Pangkor cluster, under the administration of the Manjung Municipal Council.
“Beruas will be promoted and supported along with other products from the cluster.
“The council has plans to introduce Beruas through various activities, including the Beruas Mountain Bike Challenge Festival, set to be held next September,” she said.
“The council is also planning to hold a pre-100th anniversary celebration for the town,” she added.
To an additional question from Abd Manaf, Nolee said the state will talk with the council about setting up more signboards to promote Beruas.
“We can identify locations for these signboards to attract people, especially within the Lumut-Pangkor area.
“With better road networks, we can come up with better tour packages to visit the area,” she said.
To a supplementary question by Wong Kah Woh (DAP-Canning) on the condition of Tambun Cave, Nolee said the National Heritage Department has upgraded facilities there to prevent further vandalism.
“We also plan to open up another route to the cave, one near the hillslopes by the side of the Tambun Turf Club,” she said.
“Preservation works to protect the cave drawings are costly. We are trying to get an allocation from the National Heritage Department,” she added.