Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Kelantan can be Hub for Asean Culture

KELANTAN has the potential to become a hub for Asean culture owing to its strategic location and its own positioning as the ‘cradle of Malay culture’ in the country.

Johor-Indonesia Business Council president Datuk Ahmad Kosnan said the state’s inclusion into the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle economic grouping (IMT-GT) and its own range of culture and performing arts makes it a viable prospect.

“We know that the tourism authorities are promoting Kelantan’s rich culture and heritage. We should create an added value dimension by incorporating Asean culture into the state.”
He said this after launching the Thai, Singaporean and Indonesia Trade and Consumer Fair at KB Mall in Kota Baru.

He said the state also had facilities to showcase its culture which could be expanded to include culture from Thailand and Indonesia besides eventually covering most of Asean members such as Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

If this becomes a reality, Kelantan’s tourism strength can be increased and it can expect more visitors to the state, he added.

Earlier, Ahmad spoke about the fair which for the first time, brings directly to consumers in Kelantan food, services products from Thailand, Singa-pore and Indonesia.

He said most consumers in Kelantan adore Thai food while many also like Indonesian interior designing products and handicrafts while Singapore offers quality apparel and services too.

“Therefore, the fair which ends on Dec 31, has huge potential,” he said.

Source : STAR
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