Kubor To Become Border Tourism And Trade
KOTA BAHARU, Oct 29 (Bernama) -- Datuk
Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Pengkalan
Kubor will be promoted into a border
tourism and trade centre at the Southeast
Asian level under the East Coast Economic
Region (ECER) development plan.
The Prime Minister said that integrated
efforts would be taken to develop Pengkalan
Kubor as a progressive and dynamic border
town in view of the strategic geographical
position of Kelantan.
"Pengakalan Kubor can play an important
role in the development of the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand
growth triangle (IMT-GT).
"It will become the centre of communication
for trade with Southeast Asian countries
such as Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos," he
said when launching the ECER development
plan at the Kelantan state level at the
Padang Kompleks Sekolah-Sekolah Wakaf
Mek Zainab, here today.
He said that as a border town which was
the closest to Kota Baharu, Pengkalan
Kubor would emerge as a regional commercial
hub for the East Coast.
At the same time, the potentials of the
state capital, Kota Baharu would not
be forgotten and the Kota Baharu City
Centre (KBCC) would be developed at Palekbang,
located near Kota Baharu.
KBCC would give a new image to the state's
tourism sector as the area would be developed
into a tourism town rich in culture and
heritage, the Prime Minister said.
development would involve investments
in the building of hotels, convention
centres, and water recreational centres
and bazaars," he said.
Abdullah said the government would also
create a handicraft settlement to enhance
the local handicraft sector.
"All these elements will be integrated
so that the development of the new township
(KBCC) truly gives a positive impact
to Kelantan," he said. Abdullah
said Gunung Musang,
Dabong and the Sungai Nenggiri Basin
would also be gazetted as a State Park
to promote Kelantan's eco-tourism.
He said the Sungai Nenggiri Basin provided
a settlement for more than 10,000 Orang
Asli from the Temiar tribe, most of whom
were categorised as hardcore poor.
The development of eco-tourism in the
area would improve their living condition
and help them in protecting the environment,
The project would also involve the conservation
of wild life along Sungai Nenggiri, Sungai
Burok, Sungai Jenera, Sungai Pulan and
the surrounding areas.
The Prime Minister said the ECER development
plan, which placed emphasis on the wellbeing
of the people in the East Coast would
also involve the agricultural sector
which was the most effective way of raising
the income of the majority of the population
in the East Coast who lived in rural
Abdullah said ECER would also focus on
large-scale commercial agricultural programmes
using the contract farming concept, and
for the first phase, the government would
develop the Modern Agricultural Valley
for fruits and vegetables involving a
2,000-hectare site in Bachok and Pasir
He said the development of the Modern
Agricultural Valley would be spearheaded
by a private company to support the National
Food Terminal (Teman) in Kota Baharu
under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) which
was expected to raise the income of more
than 4,000 farmers.
A gathering, packaging and processing
centre would be set up in Besut, Terengganu
to ensure product quality and the agricultural
valley would be linked to Kota Baharu
and the Halal Industry Park in Pasir
Mas to generate downstream activities.
In efforts to expand the herbal industry
and biotechnology sector, a 1,000-hectare
site in Gua Musang had been identified
for the development of the centre of
excellence for alternative and organic
medicines while a 50-hectare satellite
farm would be developed in Jeli which
would have a research centre, organic
herbal farm, processing centre, training
centre and entrepreneurship incubator.
A permanent park for the breeding of
chicken would be set up in Gua Musang
to promote a clean and modern poultry
farm which was expected to be able to
eradicate poverty through the job opportunities
created, he said.
As for the fisheries sector, Abdullah
said Pelabuhan Tok Bali would provide
facilities for deepsea fishing vessels
operating in the South China Sea and
It would support large-scale fish processing
and commercial activities.
As part of the measures to eradicate
abject poverty, Abdullah said the government
would develop agropolitan projects, which
were new growth centres based on rural
agriculture by creating plantation areas
which would be managed centrally.
A pilot project involving 5,200 families
in Gua Musang would be developed by Kesedar
(Kelantan Selatan Development Authority)
and another area in the northern part
of Kelantan, involving 4,250 families,
which would be developed by the Kemubu
Agricultural Development Authority (Kada).
The Prime Minister explained that the
Halal Industry Park in Pasir Mas would
integrate the upstream and downstream
activities pertaining to animal husbandry