BINTULU: The state government intends to implement and promote sustainable tourism programmes for every development project such as Bakun Dam.
Assistant Minister of Tourism Datuk Talib Zulpilip, who revealed this, said the programmes were to benefit all players in the industry, especially the local people.
“Whenever there is a big dam it will be good for tourism industry and can benefit the local people, travel agents, transporters, restaurants and grocery shop operators,” said Talib, who is also Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) chairman.
He said with more tourists coming to Bakun, the people would gain from more job and business opportunities.
The dam, he said, would bring greater development to the state, being a profitable project and a catalyst for the development of various industries besides generating electricity.
He suggested that many projects, especially those related to tourism industry, could be introduced in Bakun.
“In order to have all these, there is a need to have political stability because there will be no giant projects without good governance and good policies,” said Talib when officiating at the ‘Sebezau 1Malaysia Community’ charity dinner here last Friday night.
Meanwhile Bintulu-Miri Information Department officer Aziz Abd Rahman said every 1Malaysia community (previously known as Smart community) member must understand the government’s transformation programmes to boost human capital development and enhance unity and understanding among the people.
Also present at the function were Sarawak Tourism Board chief executive officer Datuk Rashid Khan, Bintulu Information Department officer Pauline Sating, Sebezau 1Malaysia Community chairman Rosli Kamarudin and Temenggong Abang Suhaili Abg Mohammad.