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Pengkalan Kubor To Become Border Tourism

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Pengkalan Kubor To Become Border Tourism And Trade Centre
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.

"The 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, he said.

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 areas.

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 Puteh.

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 aquaculture production.

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 in Kelantan.

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