THE tranquil surroundings of Berastagi and bustling city of Medan in Indonesia may be mesmerising for visitors from Perak, but the folks in Medan have some nice things to say about Perak too.
This is what members of the Perak Media and Charity Club discovered during a trip to Medan, Indonesia for a futsal tournament.
The 12-men visiting team from Perak also promoted some of the tourist attractions in Perak in conjunction of Visit Perak Year 2017.
“I’ve been to Teluk Intan and I’m always in awe with the Teluk Intan tower. It’s the same as Pisa but has an Asian touch to it,” said Indonesian businessman Aji Santoso, 55, one of the participants in the event.
“I stayed in Perak for many years and it’s a beautiful state. Lots of good memories and it’s good to see tourism there is booming again.”
From Berastagi to Pasar Ikan, the team were seen distributing brochures and also talking to the locals about the lifestyle and why it should be one of their travel destinations in the future.
Travel guide Dano Kuswaro, 40, said he was impressed with the limestone caves in Tambun and also the city, which is slowly becoming more creative.
“Medan is bigger than Ipoh, but when it comes to uniqueness, Ipoh is pretty unique because of its heritage and growing cultural scene.
“I’ve been checking out the brochures and I’m really tempted to come there one day.
“I also hope these reporters and photographers will bring me around when I’m there. I’m sure they would do it for free,” he joked.
The Malaysians also handed out brochures and flags for Visit Perak Year 2017 to guests and workers in the hotel where they were staying.
The team led by John Bunyan Moses from Malay Mail played against Medan Umno and Persatuan Wartawan Indonesia Sumatera Utara (PWI Sumut) in the tournament.
They beat Medan Umno 3-2 in a pulsating match. However, in the final, the Perak team dominated the match only to have their opponent PWI Sumut take their chances well to win 1-0.
Moses, who is also the project director of the trip said the tournament was amazing although it proved tiring because they only had few hours rest after they landed in Medan.
“It was a bit tiring, but at the same time we enjoyed the match. It creates an opportunity for us to get to know other newsmen who are working in Indonesia.”
Perak Media and Charity Club Adviser Wan Asrudi Wan Hassan from Harian Metro said the players had a good time and it also strengthened the bond between Sumatera Utara and reporters and photographers from Perak.
“They will be coming to Perak this year I guess. We will have a friendly against them. They’ve been good host and the people of Medan have been friendly too.
“We spoke to many people about Perak and they are looking forward to come here one day. Perak is certainly a good tourist sport and I’m sure Indonesians will have fun,” he said.
The other players who were part of the Perak squad were Farhan Najib Yusoff from Malay Mail, T. Avineshwaran from The Star, Muhd Izham Azman, Muhd Firdaus Hassan from Kosmo, Muhd Adzhar Tajuddin from Sinar Harian, Muhd Mushairi Johari from the Mentri Besar’s office, Muhd Hairi Azmi Tham from Harian Metro, Muhd Izzat Nasuruden from Harian Metro, Muhaizan Yahya from NST Publications and they were managed by Raazif Rosli from Sinar Harian.