LIMBANG: Kampung Meritam’s Lumpur Bebuak, the only area in the country with volcanic mud, has been proposed for listing as a must-see tourism destination under the Visit Malaysia Year (VMY) 2020 campaign.
This was disclosed by Assistant Minister of Agriculture Native Land and Regional Development Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail, who said Limbang MP Hasbi Habibollah had forwarded the proposal to the federal Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi.
“We are optimistic that the Lumpur Bebuak at Kampung Meritam can be listed as one of the must-visit places during the VMY next year.
“This will help to place the area in the international tourism industry because Lumpur Bebuak is the only volcanic mud area in Malaysia,” he said when officiating at the Meritam Bebuak Festival, here yesterday.
Dr Abdul Rahman, who is Bukit Kota assemblyman, said efforts to promote the volcanic mud had been carried out by Limbang District Council since 2007.
He pointed out that some RM4 million in state and federal funds had been spent to develop the area so far.
“We have a plan to develop Lumpur Bebuak by providing the area with the necessary tourism facilities.
“For this purpose, some RM1 million has been allocated under the Northern Region Development Agency to build entrance access road to and signboard at the area.
“We still need RM5 million for us to further develop the facilities at Lumpur Bebuak and until now, the place has successfully attracted some 30,000 people,” he said.
Apart from Lumpur Bebuak, Dr Abdul Rahman said Limbang also had other attractive tourism places such as Gunung Buda, Kampung Patiambun, Bukit Hitam at Taman Tasik Bukit Mas and Limbang Waterfront.
He said the next tourism project here would be Limbang Recreational Park, which would be developed at the site of the old airport.
Dr Abdul Rahman said the Sarawak government would continue to improve facilities at Gunung Buda by allocating RM160 million to upgrade the access road to the area.
Later at the event, he announced a grant of RM20,000 to SK Meritam for its infrastructure expenditure.
Those present at the event included Hasbi, Batu Danau assemblyman Paulus Palu Gumbang, Limbang Resident Ahmad Denney Ahmad Fauzi, Limbang District Council chairman Sufian Mohat and Kampung Meritam headman Mahmud Gampal.