Former MotoGP racer made Sepang tourism icon

Zulfahmi will help promote selected tourism spots in Sepang. — Filepic

MOTORCYCLE racing star Zulfahmi Khairuddin has pledged to help Sepang Municipal Council in its domestic tourism drive.

MPSepang president Datuk Abd Hamid Hussain hopes to leverage on Zulfahmi’s popularity by appointing him to the role of the municipality’s latest tourism icon.

“He will visit selected tourist spots and share posts and videos of his experiences at these places,” said Abd Hamid at the council’s full board meeting.

The former MotoGP rider retired from racing in 2018 and resides in Bukit Changgang, Banting. He is now based at the Sepang International Circuit as founder of his own racing team.

Meanwhile, five travel agencies — AIT Holidays, Pearl Star Travel and Tours, Sunflower Holidays, Jetworld Holidays Travel and Tours, and Creative Holidays — have been selected by the council to offer tour packages priced between RM588 and RM1,488 per person.

MPSepang also plans to replace trees that had tumbled down during storms in Desa Pinggiran Putra, Jenderam, Sungai Merab, Desa Putra and Dengkil.

On Sept 22, strong winds and rain uprooted trees. Parked cars were flattened and 73 trees fell during the storm.

Following the incident, Abd Hamid said the council had cut down an additional 85 trees in Desa Pinggiran Putra as a precautionary measure.

He also advised

residents to be prepared during the inter-monsoon season that brought strong winds and thunderstorms.

At the meeting, he said MPSepang approved 12 new temporary locations for hawkers to set up stalls.

“It is for existing hawkers in Sepang who have yet to be licensed.

“The largest temporary site we now have is outside Universiti Tenaga Nasional with 32 stalls,” he elaborated.

On complaints by some hawkers that the locations were not commercially viable, he said the temporary sites were located on government reserve land and that the main criteria for selection was traffic safety.

Abdul Hamid said hawkers who were given spots in the temporary lots should bear in mind that once the economic situation improved, the council would rescind approvals for them to continue operating there.
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