New hope for dilapidated Gap Resthouse

Needing maintenance: Once a famed international tourist spot, The Gap in Bukit Fraser is now a dilapidated building waiting to be refurbished. — filepic

THERE is hope yet for the abandoned Gap Resthouse in Kuala Kubu Baru, Selangor, with a possible intervention by the Federal Government.

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz has expressed an interest in rejuvenating the dilapidated building during a recent visit.

“Nazri said the ministry would provide the allocation needed to rebuild The Gap and suggested to include the cost under the 11th Malaysia Plan,” Kuala Kubu Baru (KKB) assemblyman Lee Kee Hiong said.

According to Lee, Nazri had a soft spot for the colonial building which was built in the 1930s.

Located on the border of Selangor and Pahang, people used to stop at the resthouse and wait for the gates to open for traffic heading up Fraser’s Hill.

Previously, there was only one narrow road leading to the hill resort, forcing motorists to wait at The Gap for their turn.

Nazri’s announcement during the press conference held after the two-day visit to the heritage town was well-received by Selangor Mentri Besar Azmin Ali who had accompanied him.

Azmin had tweeted the Selangor government’s interest in working together with the Federal Government to bring back the resthouse’s former glory.

Lee said the Hulu Selangor District Council and the Public Works Ddepartment would draw up a proposal for the rebuilding works to assess the cost of the entire project.

“I believe it would cost more than RM5mil especially since we will be maintaining the original structure instead of building a new one. That is bound to be expensive since the place is in a bad state,” she said.

Apart from that, several other proposals were made to boost KKB’s tourism potential.

One was to erect a monument for Sir Henry Gurney on the old Kuala Kubu Baru road near Fraser’s Hill, where he was killed by communist insurgents.

There was also a suggestion to refurbish the old labour lines at the foot of the hill which was used by the workers during the British occupancy.

Lee said Pahang had demolished six labour line houses but there were two more left on Selangor’s side which could be rehabilitated.

“In total, we believe we need at least RM20mil for all the plans in KKB and we hope all the projects will be implemented for the benefit of the town and its people,” she said.

StarMetro previously reported that the town had seen an 80% increase in tourism, benefiting the former sleepy town and its residents.

A cash injection was recommended to upgrade the facilities in KKB in the story “Pick up the pace” dated July 14, 2014.

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