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Tuesday September 5, 2006

A beacon for visitors


THE second oldest lighthouse in the country located at Fort Cornwallis in Penang will be open to the public next week. 

State Tourism Development Com-mittee chairman Teng Chang Yeow said more than RM100,000 was spent to spruce up the lighthouse built in 1882. 

“The lighthouse has been given a new coat of paint. 

“Originally known as Fort Point Lighthouse, it underwent renovation in 1914 and 1925, and was renamed the Penang Harbour Lighthouse.  

READY FOR VISITORS:The lighthouse at Fort Cornwallis has been renovated.
“Half of George Town can be seen from the 21m-high structure,” he said yesterday. 

Teng said visitors may later be charged a nominal fee of RM1 for the upkeep of the lighthouse. 

“This lighthouse is special as it is the only one in the country that looks like a ship's mast. It is also the only one in Peninsular Malaysia that does not serve any navigational purpose,” he added. 

He said there were two other lighthouses in Penang located in Muka Head and Pulau Rimau here. 

The oldest lighthouse in Malaysia is located in Tanjung Tuan, Malacca. It was built about two years before the Fort Cornwallis lighthouse. 

Teng said Penang was all geared up for an influx of tourists during Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2007. 

He said a series of promotional events had been planned for the launch of VMY 2007. 

“The front liners of the industry such as the tourist guides have also been trained. 

“A committee was recently set up to attract tourists to the state for the nation's 50th Merdeka Day celebrations next year,” he added. 

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