KUANTAN: The humble trishaw or beca has been given a new lease of life by the state tourism agency.
The Fraser Hill Development Corporation, which handles tourism for Pahang, has appointed 10 trishaw-men as state tourism ambassadors.
The trishaw-men would give rides to passengers to tourist spots and shopping complexes in Kuantan.
State Culture, Arts, Tourism and Women’s Affairs Committee chairman Datuk Maznah Mazlan presented the “trishaw licences” to the riders during a ceremony here on Tuesday.
The brand-new trishaws were sponsored by the corporation and private companies including Teras Dara Sdn Bhd.
The corporation would also supply the men with batik shirts, she said.
Maznah said the trishaw-men were chosen based on their knowledge of tourist sites here and the fact that they knew how to act as guides for tourists.
“Later, they will also be given English language instructions so that they can serve the foreign tourists well,” Maznah said after the launch.
Maznah said tourists would be given an hour-long ride, starting from the tourist information centre in Jalan Mahkota.
From there, passengers would be brought to the Masjid Sultan Ahmad 1 or the state mosque, the State Warrior Museum, the MegaMall shopping complex, Kuantan Parade shopping centre and also the commercial banks which are situated along Jalan Mahkota.
“Tourists are charged RM35 for a ride in the trishaw for the whole day, while the night tour will be RM30.
“However if the tourists want to go to other places outside this route, they can do so at extra charges,” she added.