Perak government will put in more effort to enhance tourism at border towns.
State tourism commitee chairman Tan Kar Hing said the state government was aware of the many shortcomings, especially at Pengkalan Hulu, and would do its best to ensure it could be developed as a tourist destination.
He said a special allocation would be set aside to improve the infrastructure there.
“From my observation, the infrastructure at Pengkalan Hulu is found wanting compared to Thailand. I know we are not getting the much needed attention.
“It is not just a state issue but a national one, as the border town is the gateway to Malaysia, ” he said when replying to an additional question by Datuk Dr Muhammad Amin Zakaria (BN-Batu Kurau) during the question and answer session at the Perak State Assembly, yesterday.
“Perak Mentri Besar has agreed to have a specific allocation to enhance the infrastructure there including the stalls, ” he added.
Tan also said the lack of infrastructure drove tourists including Malaysians to visit bordering towns in Thailand.
“Another factor is that the industry players in Thailand have a more comprehensive plan as tourism is on their national agenda to grow the economy, ” he said.
“We have only just started to see it as a main source of economy for the country.
“We will have a long-term and comprehensive plan to develop the place and other rural areas.”
On a related matter, Tan said the state would continue having programmes to promote local artists and talents from the creative industry.
He said the Ipoh International Art Festival to be held from Nov 30 to Dec 8 in various locations was one of the state’s upcoming events.
“We will also welcome delegations from 10 countries, including Thailand, Sweden, Syria and Singapore to the event.
“There will be films, photograph exhibitions, experimental music, art shows, graffiti demonstration and workshops, ” he said.
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