Wednesday, July 17

Annah Rais hotsprings can reap more if…


ROLE MODEL: The beautiful Merarap hotspring can become a model for operators in Annah Rais. — Photo courtesy of PMC

KUCHING: Operators of hotsprings in Annah Rais are urged to improve their product and services to attract more visitors including foreigners.

Chairman of Padawan Municipal Council (PMC) Lo Khere Chiang said last year the operator of Annah Rais hot springs collected more than RM60,000 from ticket sales, which could be doubled if the premises were improved.

“I’d say that much improvement still needs to be done in Annah Rais which holds huge potential as the state’s premier tourism destination,” Lo said after the full council meeting yesterday.

He also said that some of the improvements that could be done in Annah Rais was to channel hot water from the springs to different designated ponds.

“Currently, the hot water ponds are partitioned with rocks which influence the fluctuating water temperature.”

He also said operators must have the heart to improve their services. He also suggested that a portion of proceeds from the sale of entry tickets go to the village security and development committee to benefit the villagers.

He said a delegation from PMC recently visited the Merarap hotsprings in Lawas and was impressed by what they saw. The hotspring, even though located 60km from the main road, was well managed and could be the best model for the operators in Annah Rais to follow.

On a different subject, four new councillors took their oath of office yesterday. They were Ahkim Sarok, Liu Thian Leong, Lai Chien Wei and Lim Eng Kok all of whom are SUPP appointees. They replace SUPP Batu Kawa branch chairman Tan Joo Phoi, Tom Chong Kuet Fung, Lee Chee Fui and Johat Senon.

The council has 27 councillors – 13 from SUPP, eight from PBB and three each from SPDP and PRS.