Published on: Saturday, June 20, 2009
Tenom: Tenom Umno Youth has welcomed Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's proposal to build a cultural village in Sabah, saying it should be in Tenom if State Tourism and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun is not interested.
"In my capacity as Tenom Umno Youth leader, we request that the cultural village be built in the interior in Tenom.
"There's no problem with regards to site because the road network is sufficientÉthere is also a five-star hotel," he said , Exco UMNO Youth Jamawi Jaafar.
He was officiating at a combined meeting of three Umno branches at Kampung Jawa Sumbiling balairaya.
The construction of a cultural village here, he said, is timely so as to enhance the cultures in Sabah as well as to increase the number of tourists.
Masidi, who is also Sabah Umno Assistant Secretary, said a cultural village was difficult to maintain, going by the Sarawak example. Instead he said the Cultural Village set up in the State Museum grounds could be improved.
However, Jamawi said the cultural village built several years ago in Sarawak had made a good impact on that State's tourism.
He said Tenom is a suitable site for the cultural village because there are several attractions such as Taman Lagud Sebrang, Murut Cultural Centre and recreation centres such as Pangi White Water Rafting and Ulu Kalang Waterfall.
He said the Government's moves to enhance tourism and manufacturing in economically slow moving areas such as in the interior is a correct move.
Jamawi said the only way to salvage the district's economy is to attract more tourists.
Should the cultural village is built in Tenom, he said it would inculcate greater preservation and conservation of cultures there.