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32 historical sites in Pahang to be gazetted as National Heritage Sites - April 18, 2017
32 historical sites in Pahang to be gazetted as National Heritage Sites - April 18, 2017
Visit Pahang Year 2017: Jan, Feb record arrival of more than 2 mil tourists - April 17, 2017
Visit Pahang Year 2017: Jan, Feb record arrival of more than 2 mil tourists - April 17, 2017
32 historical sites in Pahang to be gazetted as National Heritage Sites - April 18, 2017

KUANTAN: The tourism industry in Pahang received a big boost as 32 historical sites throughout the state will soon be gazetted as National Heritage Sites to attract visitors.

Pahang Tourism and Culture committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said the state government on Oct 5 last year had agreed for the sites to be officially gazetted under the National Heritage Act 2005 (Act 645).

He said the sites, located in 11 districts in the state, include those in former mining town Sungai Lembing, which was once the largest, longest and deepest underground tin mine.

"The Tourism and Culture Ministry, through the Heritage Commissioner, regularly hold discussions with the state government to preserve such places (heritage and historical sites) of interest which will serve as a crowd puller.

"The ministry is conducting studies to highlight various tourism products including in Kampung Budu (Lipis) and Pulau Tawar (Jerantut), which are historical sites linked with legendary Pahang warrior Mat Kilau," he said.

He was replying to a question from Lee Chean Chung(DAP-Semambu) on efforts taken by the state government to promote historical towns in the state, during the state assembly proceedings today.

On Visit Pahang Year 2017, Sharkar said the state is targeting to attract 15 million tourists this year and to generate revenue of about RM10 billion from the tourism.

He said Tourism Pahang has spent RM5 million on promotional activities at all districts in Pahang, including distributing pamphlets and conducting road shows both in Malaysia, and abroad.

Meanwhile, Felda settlers at Felda Kechau 6, Lipis, can enjoy better water supply by the end ofnext month when upgrading works at the Felda Kechau 6 water treatment plant is completed.

Replying to a question from Datuk Mustapa Long (BN-Padang Tengku), State Felda Affairs committee chairman Datuk Abu Bakar Harun said the upgrading works involved changing the raw water pump, booster transformer and panel starter.

"Once works are completed, the treatment plant will perform smoothly and help increase water quality to the people in the vicinity," he said.

He added that Felda is carrying out water supply system upgrading works in Pahang at an estimated cost of RM452 million which will help overcome water disruption problems in Felda settlements.

Visit Pahang Year 2017: Jan, Feb record arrival of more than 2 mil tourists - April 17, 2017

KUANTAN: Visit Pahang Year 2017 has shifted into high gear, evident with an increase in visitors at six major destinations throughout the state. Some 2.23 million travellers have dropped by the state in the first two months alone, this year.

State Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin said Genting Highlands remained as the most popular destination with 1.79 million visitors going to the highlands resort compared to 1.71 million visitors in the corresponding period last year.

Replying to a written question from Fong Koong Fuee (BN-Cheka), Sharkar said Fraser Hill in Raub recorded a significant percentage increase of 1.74 with some 26,000 making their way to the colonial hill station compared to 19,000 last year.

“Some 347,000 visited Kuantan, 37,443 went to Cherating, Pulau Tioman attracted 14,926 tourists, while 13,193 visitors went to Taman Negara,” he said, adding that last year, the first two months only saw 1.82 million people visiting the six destinations.

Replying to another question from Andansura Rabu (Pas-Beserah) on efforts to boost tourist arrival in Cherating, Sharkar said the state government has teamed up with various agencies to improve the facilities and infrastructures at the famous beach.

“Traditional chalet operators should make an effort to reap the benefits from the tourist arrival during Visit Pahang Year 2017 and look into ways to turn the beach into a popular destination. The beach can be become famous like Bali in Indonesia,” he said.

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By Road

Kuantan, a capital state on Pahang is located on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is about 275 km. from Kuala Lumpur City, 380 km. from Johor Bahru/Singapore, 305 km. From Melaka, 219 from Kuala Terengganu and 382 from Kota Bharu.

If you were to drive, from Kuala Lumpur take the East-Coast Highway to Kuantan, from Johor Bahru/Singapore take the North- South Highway exit at Tangkak then go toward Segamat – Muadzam Shah – Kuantan or take the coastal road to Kota Tinggi – Mersing – Rompin – Pekan – Kuantan.

From Kota Bharu/Kuala Terengganu take the coastal road toward Dungun – Kemaman – Kuantan.

From Melaka go toward Tangkak – Segamat – Muadzam Shah – Kuantan.

A long distance (express) bus services link Kuantan to all major towns in Peninsular Malaysia as well as Singapore. In Kuala Lumpur the bus leave for Kuantan depart from Pudu Raya Bus Terminal and Pekeliling Bus Station. The journey will take 4 – 5 hours. From Johor Bahru the bus depart from Larkin Bus Terminal and take about 5 – 6 hours. Hired taxi is always available at almost every towns and cities.

By Air

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) fly from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport in Kuantan daily. It is faster and more convenience to take a flight the duration is about 45 minutes. Beside, for those who come from the northern part of Peninsular (Penang, Kedah, Perlis) flight from Penang to Kuantan operate by ‘Fireflies’ 3 times a week. In addition to that, Singaporean now can enjoy and shorten their journey by taking daily flight from Singapore to Kuantan.

By Rail

When was the last time you took a train? To go to Pahang by train is a wonderful and spectacular memory. The scenic journey will certainly make you happy and unforgettable experience. The Malaysian Railway (KTMB) operates from Singapore (Woodland) – Tumpat – Singapore and Kuala Lumpur (KL Central) – Tumpat (Kelantan) – Kuala Lumpur daily. To make your journey more convenience you can take this express train with a sleeping berth together.




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