Thursday, April 9

Annah Rais hot spring to be upgraded — MPP chairman


KUCHING: The Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) is going to turn the Annah Rais hot spring area into a camp site through its community based eco-tourism (CBET) programme.

MPP chairman Lo Khere Chiang said this was to further develop the area as a popular tourist destination since the place had gained greater popularity since the completion of the upgrading on the Annah Rais hot spring recently.

“We started the upgrading work since middle of last year and it was completed sometime last November and we have handed it back to the villagers to run,” he said at a press conference after chairing the full council meeting yesterday.

He also disclosed that with the proper facilities, the hot spring is now getting more popular where around 200 visitors go there every weekend.

Fees charged per-entry by the villagers were RM3 for adults, children (RM2) and RM1 for primary school pupils.

“All the money collected will go to the group of people who own the area,” he said.

With the implementation of the proposed camp site, Lo said that the area would certainly become one of the most popular destination and when that happened it will also cause economic spills to other nearby areas as well.

On a separate matter, Lo said in view of the coming Chinese New Year celebration, there will be some slight changes in the days of operation for the 300 hawkers at MJC.

The hawkers operate on Thursday and Friday ever week but in conjunction with the Chinese New Year, the MPP will allow them to open on Monday and Tuesday next week.

“So we would like to advise the public to take note of the changes and come to patronise the hawker stalls,” he urged.

Also present at the news conference were Lo’s deputy Mohd Hashim Yap and council secretary Michael Saweng.