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Melaka River & Upeh Island News


Thursday June 23, 2011

Proper planning needed to boost tourism in Malacca

By R.S.N.MURALI
murali@thestar.com.my
Photos by A.MALEX YAHYA



MALACCA: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam has ordered the State River and Coastline Development Authority to prepare a comprehensive calendar of events for next year’s Malacca River Fest.

The Chief Minister said the move to detail-out activities for the fest could attract more foreign tourists.
“We could globalise the river fest as tourists from other countries can plan their travel here particularly to participate in the event,” he told reporters after flagging-off a dragon boat race that was organised in-conjunction with the one month Malacca River Fest.
Going on a promo blitz: The next Malacca River Fest will have many more activities and promotions.
Mohd Ali said it was disappointing to note that only Indonesia had sent participants for the dragon boat race as such an event could attract enthusiasts from as far as China, Taiwan and Macaa.
Some 29 teams, mostly locals took part in the race that was held to extensively promote the fest to the masses.
He said by detailing out the activities for the river fest, the state could promote the event as one of its main tourism products.
Raring to go: Participants of the dragon boat preparing for the race organised in conjunction with the Malacca River Fest.
Mohd Ali hoped the authorities could outline interesting side-events for the 2012 fest and post it into websites so it could be accessed by foreign tourists.
“My aim is to turn the fest into the equivalent to the scale organised during the San Antonio River Festival in the United States, hence we have to emulate the approach taken by the organisers there.
“Therefore, I hope the calendar will be prepared in the next two weeks so I can instruct my officers to embark on the overseas promotion blitz, at once,” he added.


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ARKIB : 24/06/2011
(Petikan daripada UTUSAN. COM. MY)

Pembangunan Pulau Upeh dipastikan mesra penyu



Ketua Pusat Penyu dan Ekosistem Marin Jabatan Perikanan, Syed Abdullah Syed Abdul Kadir (kanan) sambil dibantu R. Perumal memeriksa tagging pada kaki penyu karah di Pulau Upeh, Melaka, baru-baru ini.


MELAKA 23 Jun - Kerajaan negeri memberi jaminan sebarang bentuk pembangunan fizikal yang dirancang dijalankan di Pulau Upeh iaitu lokasi utama penyu Karah mendarat dan bertelur, disesuaikan mengikut ekologi hidupan laut tersebut.
Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Pembangunan Desa dan Pertanian negeri, Datuk R. Perumal berkata, pada masa ini, pihaknya dimaklumkan terdapat rancangan untuk memajukan Pulau Upeh untuk dijadikan salah satu destinasi pelancongan.
Bagaimanapun, menurutnya, kerajaan negeri belum dapat memastikan bentuk pembangunan yang bakal dilaksanakan di kawasan tersebut memandangkan ia cuma baharu di peringkat cadangan.
"Namun, kita akan pastikan pembangunan yang akan dijalankan bersesuaian dengan status Pulau Upeh sebagai tempat penyu mendarat untuk bertelur pada setiap kali musim penyu bertelur iaitu Mei hingga September setiap tahun," katanya.
Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita pada program 'Kenangan Semalam di Pulau Upeh' yang turut dihadiri Pengarah Perikanan negeri, Rosmawati Ghazali di sini baru-baru ini.
Program yang disertai kira-kira 20 wakil media akhbar dan elektronik itu berpeluang menyaksikan sendiri pendaratan penyu Karah bertelur dan melepaskan kira-kira 200 ekor anak penyu Karah ke laut.
Selain itu, kata Perumal, aktiviti penyu Karah mendarat dan bertelur di Pulau Upeh berpotensi dijadikan salah satu produk pelancongan di negeri ini sekiranya ia mendapat penglibatan pihak swasta.
Ujar beliau, mereka yang berminat membangunkan Pulau Upeh perlu memastikan projek yang dijalankan seiring dengan keperluan habitat penyu Karah agar populariti pulau itu tidak mengalami nasib yang pernah melanda pusat penyu Rantau Abang, Terengganu satu masa lalu.

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