City council to push Pasir Gudang’s tourism appeal

Asman Shah says a crocodile park will be set up in the new tourism hub of Kong Kong.

PASIR Gudang City Council (MBPG) is planning to set up a Tourist Information Centre (TIC) in Bukit Layang-Layang to help promote the sub-district as one of the tourist spots in Johor.

Mayor Datuk Asman Shah Abd Rahman said the city council was also planning to make Kong Kong a tourism hub by developing a crocodile park there.

“The TIC office will be situated at the Pasir Gudang Kite Museum.

“The redevelopment project will start in October and we expect it to be fully operational by early January next year.

“As for the crocodile park, we will be relocating all of the crocodiles in Pasir Gudang Estuarine Crocodile Sanctuary, Tanjung Langsat, to a new location in Kong Kong which will be the tourism hub for Pasir Gudang.

“We will be working with Tunku Temenggong Johor Tunku Idris Iskandar Ibni Sultan Ibrahim on this new project,” he said when contacted.

Explaining further, Asman Shah said the TIC office would also house the Pasir Gudang Ceramic Craft Centre where visitors would be able to observe how ceramic products were made.

“So visitors will be able to see both kite and ceramic products which Pasir Gudang is famous for,” he said, elaborating that the TIC office would have eight city council employees.

On the crocodile park, he said MBPG would work with Singapore Zoo to turn the new park into an education-based tourism programme or edu-tourism.

“One of our target markets is students, so Tunku Idris suggested MBPG to work with Singapore Zoo which can share its expertise in creating more educational adventures for visitors.

“We have the concept plan for the new location and are currently waiting for our partners from Singapore to come over once the borders reopen,” Asman Shah said, adding that the development was expected to start in December (subject to the reopening of borders).

The new park will span over an 8.09ha area, replacing the 3.23ha crocodile sanctuary in Tanjung Langsat that was set up in 2009.

The project will be carried out in phases over 24 months.

Meanwhile, Asman Shah said the city council planned to set up Pasir Gudang Tourism Association (PGTA) so that all tourism players in Pasir Gudang could be under one umbrella.

“The city council will act as a temporary secretariat until a referendum is carried out.

“We are in the midst of selecting the pro-tem committee and preparing regulations.

“We will call the tourism players once everything is finalised,” he said.

He added that PGTA would also involve Southern Volunteers who would act as tour guides.

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