SEGAMAT: Labis has the potential to be developed into a tourist attraction for those who enjoy being in the great outdoors.
Labis MP Datuk Chua Tee Yong said that two potential spots have been identified, which were Kolam Air Panas in Labis and Hutan Lipur Sungai Bantang that could be further developed to attract more tourists.
He said that he had brought up the matter to the state Consumerism, Domestic Trade and Tourism executive councillor Datuk Tee Siew Kiong to be voiced up to the state government.
“However, we have to look into how we can improve the infrastructure of the facilities to make them more attractive to both domestic and foreign tourists.
“Besides bringing in more visitors, improving the facilities could create more job opportunities for the locals as well,” he said in his speech at the Kampung Ulu Juasseh orang asli village.
Chua, who is also deputy Finance Minister, was attending the ministry’s corporate social responsibility and community transformation centre programme where they gave out daily necessities and computers to the villagers.
He added that in order for the facilities to become tourist attractions, support is not only needed from the state government but also from the private sectors like travel and tour agencies to offer attractive packages.
Besides that, Chua also highlighted that a funding of RM90mil is needed for the upgrading of the federal road from Yong Peng to Segamat according to the Works Department.
“The large sum of money is needed as we want to upgrade and maintain the whole road not just slab on a layer of tar, which could cause the road to sink and damage easily,” he said.
He also said that he would apply for the funding and hoped that it would be approved under the 11th Malaysian Plan to improve the busy road.