Perlis wooing tourists with new attractions

  • Nation
  • Monday, 23 Feb 2004

KANGAR: Snakes, monkeys and ancient weapons may not have much in common but they are set to become Perlis’ latest tourist attractions.  

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said Perlis’ RM10mil snake park at Sungai Batu Pahat was undergoing expansion while a RM15mil zoo for monkeys and apes was expected to open end of this year. 


Work on the zoo, located beside the snake park, started last year.  

When completed, monkeys and apes from various parts of the world would be imported and placed in the zoo, said Shahidan, adding that details would be worked out with Zoo Negara. 


Also in the pipeline is the conversion of a museum in Margong Kayang into a museum for ancient weapons.  


Shahidan was speaking to newsmen after receiving a certificate from the Malaysia Book of Records, identifying the snake park in Perlis as the country’s largest, at the park's open day yesterday.  

On the weapons’ exhibition, Shahidan urged those with ancient weapons to loan them to the proposed museum, adding that their names would be credited. 

“We are also appealing to Thai owners of such weapons to participate in the exhibition which would feature the development of weapons in the region.” 

A committee was being formed to collect and source ancient weapons for the exhibition, he added.  

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