HULU TERENGGANU: A duty-free complex will be created at Tasik Kenyir by 2007 to attract more local and foreign tourists to the picturesque lake, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Tengku Putera Tengku Awang said.
He said his ministry and the Royal Malaysian Customs had surveyed the place for the purpose and were preparing a working paper on it.
Originally we planned to have it on an island at the lake but later felt taking the form of zones would be more appropriate in the case of Tasik Kenyir, he said after witnessing a mass circumcision ceremony at Kampung Batu Hampar here yesterday.
Tengku Putera, who is also Hulu Terengganu MP, said the complex when built would not concentrate on liquor and cigarettes but items that would bring benefits to the people in the proximity of the lake which is a haven for freshwater fishing enthusiasts.
He added that further discussions needed to be held with the Terengganu Tengah Development Authority which is responsible for affairs of the lake before the matter could be realised. Bernama