The Perak government has asked Tan Sri Mustapha Kamal Abu Bakar, one of the country’s well-known property tycoons, to develop the Banding Island Resort near Grik.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohd Tajol Rosli Ghazali said the businessman was selected to turn the man-made island at Tasik Temenggor, in the Belum forest into a tourist attraction because of his good track record.
Mustapha Kamal is responsible for turning the Bukit Merah Laketown Resort, near here, into one of Perak’s most attractive tourism lures.
Tajol Rosli said Mustapa Kamal had shown that he could add economic value to projects.
The mentri besar said that under the first phase of the move to privatise the island resort, owned by the Perak State Parks Corp, the state government would allot him 132ha of land and allow him to take over the running of the resort.
“The resort now provides more than 20 rooms for visitors but we hope he (Mustapha Kamal) will be able to provide more rooms to cater for more tourists,” Tajol Rosli told reporters at the Bukit Merah Laketown Resort yesterday.
He also said Bukit Larut, the oldest hill station in the country, would be administered by the private sector.
The Larut Matang and Selama district office currently administers the hill, formerly known as Maxwell Hill, which was founded in 1884.
Other than this hill station, the administration of three other tourists spots in Perak that are currently run by the respective local authorities – Kellie’s Castle in Batu Gajah, Gua Tempurung in Gopeng and Gunung Lang in Ipoh – will also be privatised.
Tajol Rosli said the Perak State Parks Corp would supervise the privatisation move of the four tourist spots.
Source : STAR
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