The beautiful uninhabited Songsong Island in Kedah is becoming Tourism Malaysia’s target to spur more tourism activities.
According to The Star, Kedah Tourism manager Nor Azlan Fitri Abd Razak said that Tourism Malaysia will work with the Yan District Council (MDY) to upgrade the facilities on the island by the end of this year.
“We will carry out upgrading works on basic facilities such as toilets and surau at Songsong Island soon. These are expected to be completed by year’s end.
“A square at Pulau Songsong will also be built with lights around it and MDY will place personnel at the island to ensure its cleanliness and visitors’ safety, ” she said at an event in Yan, Kedah recently.
In a collaborative effort between the state and MLS Travel and Tours, several other destinations in the district and Kuala Muda will be included in a new tourism package.
According to MLS Travel and Tours managing director Ng Kooi Wei, there will be over 10 destinations offered in the package including the Sungai Batu Archaeological Site, Lembah Bujang Archaeological Museum, Gunung Jerai, Tanjung Dawai, Songsong Island, Bidan Island and Telur Island.
“We expect that after the interstate travel ban is lifted, more will visit the island besides other destinations… At the moment, the tourists comprise locals only, ” he said.
Meanwhile, under the 1st Asean Underwater Mini Landmark special project, Bidong Island in Terengganu is set to be under one of the 11 iconic Asean landmarks.
According to Tourism, Arts and Culture minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri, the project which is managed by the National Heritage Department in collaboration with Universiti Malaysia Terengganu will be launching between June 15 and 19 in conjunction with the Asean seminar on the “Preservation and Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage.” She said,
“The project is estimated to cost RM265,000 and will be financed by the Asean Cultural Fund. It is a cultural project that will act as a knowledge sharing and cultural exchange platform for Asean countries.”
The other 10 iconic Asean landmarks include:
- Malaysia’s Petronas Twin Towers,
- Sultan Haji Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque (Brunei),
- Cambodia Independence Monument,
- Patuxai Monument (Laos),
- Indonesia National Monument,
- Shwedagon Pagoda (Myanmar),
- Jose Rizal Monument (Philippines),
- Merlion (Singapore),
- Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchaworamahawihan (Thailand) and
- Tran Quoc Pagoda (Vietnam)