Thursday, June 20

Sri Aman may have golf course and floating jetty


TO YOU: Boon (left) presenting `Anugerah Arcasia Arkitek 2013’ to Johnathan. Abang Johari is on second right.

SRI AMAN: The Tourism Ministry plans to build a golf course and a floating jetty here in the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) to spur Sri Aman’s eco-tourism.

Its Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state government would bring up the proposal to build an 18-hole golf course to woo foreign tourists.

The proposed floating jetty, he said, would enable tourists to take a close look at the crocodile habitat at Sungai Batang Lupar in Sri Aman using boats.

“These two proposals plans are meant to enable foreign tourists, especially those from China, Korea and Japan, to sample our eco-tourism before they experience the ‘Benak’ phenomenon here,” he said when officiating at the 2013 Sri Aman Benak Festival yesterday.

Also present were Assistant Minister of Housing Datuk Francis Harden Hollis, Dewan Negara Deputy President Senator Datuk Doris Sophia Brodie, Sri Aman MP Masir Kujat, Engkilili assemblyman Dr Johnnical Rayong Ngipa, Balai Ringin assemblyman Snowdan Lawan and Sri Aman Resident Johnathan Lugoh.

On a related matter, Abang Johari said there were plans to connect Batang Ai, Bakun and Murum areas using “air ferries”.

“The purpose is to allow tourists to visit all flora and fauna areas in the three areas.”

Meanwhile, one of the highlights of the function was the presentation of the `Anugerah Arcasia Arkitek 2013’ to Mike Boon of Syarikat JFN Sdn Bhd to Johnathan.

The company had won the award for their design of the Benak viewing tower in Sri Aman.