CLEANLINESS is an important element in promoting tourism and will keep tourists away if neglected. Tengku Mahkota Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah said cleanliness would make the environment conducive to live, stay and be visited.
Tengku Abdullah said, however, there are still many who have forgotten its importance and it is their responsibility too.
He said it is a wrong perception if cleanliness is the sole responsibility of the authority.
“Clean environment could be achieved with the cooperation from all of us.
“It could be done in team work like gotong-royong, and individually while the relevant authority would do their part too, to ensure a clean environment,” said Tengku Abdullah to officiate the Sungai Pahang 2011 rafting expedition, from Chenor to Pekan, here yesterday.
The expedition was held in conjunction with the World Water celebration.
Some 500 participants from various government agencies and higher learning institutions took part in the four-day expedition on 60 bamboo-made rafts for the 116km distance from March 9 until March 12.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak is scheduled to receive the participants in their final day on Saturday in Pekan.
Tengku Abdullah said both locals and foreign tourists are very much concerned on cleanliness.
He said the cleanliness should start from individuals, houses, schools, and other premises.
“There has to be an increase in the awareness on cleanliness,” he said.
Tengku Abdullah also said the local authorities should give attention to the villages along the Sungai Pahang river too by organising various water sports activities to promote tourism.