Date of publication: Apr 13, 2010
Section heading: Main Section
Page number: 025
Byline / Author: By Alina Simon
KUANTAN: No development will be allowed on virgin land in Fraser's Hill.
Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said the decision was reached at the weekly state committee meeting recently as the state government wanted to prevent the hill resort from being over-developed.
He said the state government did not want the hill to follow in the footsteps of Cameron Highlands and Genting Highlands.
"From now on, we will not allow any new opening of land for development in Fraser's Hill. Projects will only be allowed on land which has already been built on.
"We've seen all over the world how over-development can spoil the environment in a particular place.
"Cameron Highlands, for instance, is no longer as cool as it used to be. Previously, people there have to cut the cooking oil like blocks of butter as it solidifies but not any more."
Adnan said the state government was also concerned at the current state of Cameron Highlands, especially the rampant encroachment and illegal clearing of state land as well as water supply and waste management woes.
"We're monitoring the development and we know that we need to take a holistic approach in dealing with these problems.
"We can still mitigate and repair the destruction in Cameron Highland. It is not beyond repair," he said after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the state tourism implementing agency and 20 tourism operators to promote tourism at the Bukit Gambang Resort City here yesterday.
Fraser's Hill Development Corporation will act as the state tourism implementation agency while the 20 tourism operators comprised hotel and resort operators and associations, including the Malaysia Nature Society Pahang chapter and Pahang Media Club.
Adnan said the state hoped to attract 13 million visitors to the state this year compared with 10 million people last year.
"A majority of the visitors went to Genting Highlands but this year, we hope to get more local and foreign tourists to come and sample the beauty and uniqueness of Pahang."
Earlier, Adnan launched the Pahang Tourism website (www.pahangtourism.org.my) and a bulletin called Pahang Trek, which is published triannually.
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