PENANG: The state will put up more than 400 signboards showing directions to tourist attractions here by the year end.
State Tourism Commitee chairman Teng Chang Yeow said Penang would be the first state to put the signboards up.
The signboards would be in the standard size and design used by the Tourism Ministry nationwide, he said.
He said the ministry had appointed Extreme Effect Sdn Bhd in late 2004 to put up the standardised signboards throughout the country.
The state had set up a technical committee comprising the Penang Tourism Action Council, Public Works department and local councils to identify the sites for the signboards, he told newsmen when attending the Leong San Tong Khoo Kongsi centenary celebration at the clan temple yesterday.
Deputy speaker Lye Siew Weng opened the celebration on behalf of Deputy Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Wong Kam Hoong.
Teng said the signboards, mainly in Bahasa Malaysia and English, would be put up in three phases.
Over 130 were expected to be put up middle of next month in George Town and along the routes from Penang Bridge under the first phase, he said.
Extreme Effect would bear all the cost and pay the state government for the lease of sites, he said.