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RM5 entry fee on visitors to Tasik Dayang Bunting

January 31, 2015

Mukhriz defends new fee to be imposed on visitors from Sunday, says it's reasonable.

dayang bunting1JITRA: An entry fee of RM5 for adults and RM3 for children will be imposed on visitors to Tasik Dayang Bunting in Langkawi tomorrow. Langkawi residents are exempted.

Kedah menteri besar Mukhriz Mahathir said the entry fee, imposed by the Langkawi Development Authority, would help pay for maintenance of infrastructure.

“Our tourist attractions must not be seen as cheap destinations, of poor quality and without proper maintenance,” Mukhriz said. “I fear that Langkawi, or Kedah, or Malaysia, will not have a good reputation in the eyes of tourists.”

Yesterday National Tourism Council of Malaysia secretary-general Taib Wahab had objected to the entry fee, saying that it was unreasonable and would keep away tourists.

Mukhriz explained that recent discussions on the matter noted that the entry fee should be kept to the minimum. “In other countries, fees are imposed on tourists, and studies show that tourists do not mind paying because they understand that the funds go towards tourism and environmental conservation,” he said.

Mukhriz was here to open a Flood Relief Charity Golf tournament. Urging public listed companies to help Malaysians affected by natural disasters, he said, “I hope that they will be more sensitive. They should not just reap profits from the economic growth where Malaysians, as consumers, have contributed much to their success, and keep away when the people are in distress,” he said.

Bina Darulaman Berhad managing director Izham Yusoff made a donation of RM307,500 as aid for the victims of the recent floods.

Kedah had announced that it would help flood victims in Kampung Karangan, Manek Urai, Kelantan, by building houses for 53 households in the village.

— BERNAMA


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