KOTA BARU: Travel trade operators have welcomed a move by Kelantan to allow entertainment outlets to operate at a proposed tourism zone.
And PAS Youth said it plans to hold a “roundtable discussion” with selected groups of tourists to find out what kind of entertainment they expect in Kelantan and Malaysia.
But state Umno information chief Datuk Md Alwi Che Ahmad found it humorous.
“I have been saying it for years. PAS is a political party, not an activist of Islam,” he said.
“Its ideology of struggling for Islam is a facade. Previously, they had banned the wayang kulit, dikir barat and mak yong.
“Now, they want to approve entertainment outlets.”
State Local Government Committee chairman Takiyuddin Hassan had recently said the state government would consider applications to open places of entertainment if they met the state's entertainment code.
He said such outlets could open at the prime tourism zone in Kuala Besar and would only be for non-Muslim tourists.
However, the travel trade welcomed the proposal, saying it would help to boost visitor arrivals in the state during Visit Malaysia Year 2007 and Visit Kelantan Year 2008.
Kelantan Tourism Action Council chairman Sulaiman Ismail hoped the state would expand the concept to include hotels, especially in allowing them to provide live shows.
Meanwhile, Takiyuddin denied saying that the state government would allow discotheques in the tourist belt.
He said the state government might consider certain types of entertainment outlets, but would never allow discotheques or nightclubs.
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By IAN MCINTYRE
Source : STAR
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