The government plans to develop the Orang Asli settlement at Pos Gob in Gua Musang, Kelantan as a tourist destination beginning next year.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the holistic approach will be beneficial to the locals, besides being in line with the government’s hope to develop the Orang Asli community.
He said, the government viewed seriously the issues faced by the Orang Asli community especially in eradicating poverty; the poverty rate in the community is the highest in the country.
“Once the Covid-19 pandemic is over, we want Pos Gob to be developed as a tourist point.
“Besides that, there are chalets here that need to be repaired as a tourist attraction,” he said.
He added that the Orang Asli settlement was chosen after a Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, (UKM) economic study in 2017 showed that the area has the potential to be developed.
“In the study, they saw the area’s good potential as its surroundings have forests, caves and even rivers suitable to be used as an ecotourism spot.
“In fact, at Pos Gob, a model was developed encompassing education, health and economic programmes to upgrade the Orang Asli community with the cooperation of UKM, Jakoa (Department of Orang Asli Development) and also CIMB Bank. The move is said to have a positive impact,” he said.
He also said the smart partnership model between Jakoa, private sector and university would be used in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) to ensure that Orang Asli resources could be diversified.
“The government plans to use this model to develop several Orang Asli villages in Tapah, Perak for the purpose of tourism and we will provide allocations to develop the area,” he said.
More parks now open
Meanwhile, all Sabah Parks stations and offices (TTS), including climbing activities to the summit of Mount Kinabalu, are now allowed, says Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Jafry Ariffin.
Mount Kinabalu opened to the public on Sept 16, while the areas around the Turtle Island Park in Sandakan and Bohey Dulang Island in Semporna as well as the Ulu Kimanis sub-station started operating on Sept 20.
“However, the reopening of the park is subject to the stipulated rules as only visitors who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be allowed in.
“Domestic tourists from the same district, as well as civil servants, aged above 12 and under 70 are also allowed,” he said in a statement.
He added that the number of visitors was limited to only 100 people a day for each destination.
“All activities allowed at the park are subject to the standard operating procedures of the TTS, in line with Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan which was updated on Sept 11,” he said. – Bernama