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KUALA TERENGGANU (Sinar Harian)– Rakyat negeri ini berpeluang melalui jalan singkat ke Tasik Kenyir dengan menggunakan Lebuhraya Pantai Timur (LPT) Fasa 2 apabila pakej 11 dan 12 siap menjelang akhir tahun ini.

Menteri Besar, Datuk Ahmad Said berkata, dengan perkembangan terbaru itu, orang ramai hanya perlu mengambil masa 35 minit untuk perjalanan dari Lapangan Terbang Sultan Mahmud (LTSM) ke tempat pelancongan berkenaan.

“Sekarang ini (perjalanan ke Tasik Kenyir) mengambil masa sekitar satu jam, sebab itu usaha untuk memajukan Tasik Kenyir lebih cepat tercapai dengan siapnya pakej 11 dan 12 nanti kerana kita berpeluang menggunakan laluan ke Tasik Kenyir,” katanya kepada pemberita ketika ditemui sempena lawatannya ke tapak projek LPT Fasa 2, semalam.

Menurut Ahmad, pakej 12 membabitkan jarak lebih kurang tujuh kilometer ketika ini siap kira-kira 83 peratus dan diberi jaminan akan siap sepenuhnya sebelum tahun depan.

Bagaimanapun, Ahmad berkata, pakej 11 kini masih menunggu keputusan tender untuk premix berikutan kontraktor sebelum ini telah menyerahkannya kepada LPT Fasa 2.

Ahmad berkata, peningkatan harga premix menyebabkan dua syarikat, JBQ dan Bukit Puteri tidak mampu melaksanakan projek itu kerana risiko kerugian.

“Masalah kos harga premix yang meningkat sekali ganda menyebabkan projek di bawah pakej itu tertangguh ketika ini. Saya yakin proses pelaksanaan premix boleh disiapkan dalam tiga hingga empat bulan,” katanya.

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HULU TERENGGANU (The Star): Singapore’s low-cost carrier Tiger Airways is plan­ning to fly direct from the city-state to Kuala Terengganu’s Sultan Mahmud Airport.

The airline is now negotiating the flight frequencies with the Department of Civil Aviation here and Malaysia Airports Berhad.

Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said said the Singapore budget airline recently wrote to Malaysia Airports, stating its commitment to serve the route.

“Malaysia Airports officials in­­formed the state government that Tiger Airways would be coming to Kuala Terengganu,” he said after making a day tour to Kenyir Lake yesterday.

Ahmad said the state government had also agreed to absorb all taxes and fees incurred by Tiger Airways for the first three years of it its opera­tions here.

This means the airline’s airport taxes, landing, parking and aerobridge fees will be paid to Malaysia Airports by the state government.

“We hope the airfare from Singa­pore to Terengganu and vice-versa will be very affordable to further boost the tourism industry,” he said.

Ahmad said similar incentives would be given to any other international airlines that was interested in making the airport here their regional transportation hub.

Tiger Airways will be the second carrier flying the Singa­pore-Kuala Terengganu route after Firefly, which is offering three flights in a week starting next month.

Ahmad said his government was also in discussion with China Air­­lines to operate a direct flight from Guangzhou, China to Kuala Tereng­ganu.

On another matter, Ahmad said the state government had commissioned a consultant to plan a cable-car service at Kenyir lake.

He said the state government had also allocated RM50mil, this year for the purpose of developing Kenyir lake.

Meanwhile, in Kuching, Sarawak, State Tourism and Urban Develop­ment Minister Datuk Michael Man­yin said the state was in talks with Tiger Airways and Jetstar Asia to launch direct flights between Singa­pore and Miri.

Michael Manyin said the proposed direct air links would support the state’s efforts to promote tourism attractions, like the Mulu and Niah National Parks and the Kelabit highlands, in the northern region.

“It will allow us to offer our various packages in culture, adventure and nature to entice the Singaporeans, expatriates and tourists in Singapore to the northern region ,” he added during the Sarawak state assembly yesterday.

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What is happening to our beautiful serene place?

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KUALA TERENGGANU (The Star): Revellers at a recent wild party on Pulau Perhentian are believed to have had a sex orgy before Besut District Council (MDB) enforcement officers moved in on them.

It is learnt that this was the second time a wild party was held on the island.

The first, themed “Buffalo Bars Pink Lady”, was organised on May 3 where it is learnt that there was sexual intercourse between revellers.

On the “Come bare under the moonlight’’ party on May 10, council officer Razman Ahmad, who led the team, said he was startled to find condoms strewn on the secluded beachfront where the party was held.

“I can’t disclose more facts as the council has lodged a police report on the matter, but I can tell you that there were activities associated with sexual intercourse on that night and this was substantiated by the discovery of sex paraphernalia,” Razman said yesterday.

He declined to elaborate whether he witnessed the revellers having sex when council officials arrived at the scene.

Investigations showed the organiser was a 31-year-old man from Kedah who arranged the party with his girlfriend from Ireland.

It is learnt that police were investigating her for organising similar parties, including in Langkawi and Port Dickson, and that she was responsible for posting the invitation on her Facebook.

Razman added that the scantily-clad teenagers, some of them foreigners, were intoxicated when his team arrived at 1am in two speedboats.

He said he decided to call his superior to brief him on the situation, following which, the police were informed and 15 officers arrived at the scene.

The officers seized alcoholic drinks worth about RM90,000, loudspeakers, audio equipment, psychotropic pills, drug and sex paraphernalia during the raid.

The party was attended by 200 teenagers, who were invited via Facebook.

Of the first party, council president Wan Mustafa Wan Hassan said the officers were unable to reach the site on time as they received the tip-off late.

Wan Mustafa said the council has slapped the couple involved in the second party with a RM25,000 fine under the Entertainment Act 2002 for organising a party without permit.

A police report has also been lodged.

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HULU TERENGGANU 18 Mei – Perkhidmatan kereta kabel akan dibina menghubungkan Pengkalan Gawi ke Pulau Poh, salah sebuah antara 10 pulau di Tasik Kenyir yang sedang dibangunkan sebagai tarikan baru pelancongan di tasik berkenaan.

Menteri Besar, Datuk Ahmad Said berkata, kereta kabel sepanjang kira-kira setengah kilometer itu dijangka dimulakan pembinaannya tahun depan.

Menurutnya, kerajaan negeri akan mendapatkan anggaran perbelanjaan pembinaan kemudahan itu dari beberapa konsultan termasuk syarikat pengendali kereta kabel di Pulau Langkawi, Kedah.

”Saya percaya penyediaan perkhidmatan kereta kabel ini akan menjadi daya tarikan tinggi kepada pengunjung ke taman tema air di Pulau Poh nanti,” ujarnya selepas melakukan lawatan dua hari ke Tasik Kenyir di sini hari ini.

Beliau berada di Tasik Kenyir bagi meninjau kemajuan projek pembangunan pulau-pulau berkenaan yang mengikut tema tertentu selain melepaskan anak ikan kelah di Santuari Kelah yang ketiga di tasik itu yang terletak di Sungai Leban.

Kata Menteri Besar, cadangan pembinaan kereta kabel itu muncul ketika beliau melakukan lawatan berkenaan apabila mendapati kedudukan serta jarak dari Pengkalan Gawi ke Pulau Poh yang memungkinkan kemudahan itu dibina.

Menurutnya, kos pembinaan kemudahan itu termasuk dalam peruntukan RM500 juta untuk pembangunan industri pelancongan negeri untuk tahun ini yang merupakan perbelanjaan dari kerajaan negeri sendiri.

Beliau memberitahu, selain taman tema air di Pulau Poh, beberapa lagi pulau dengan tema tertentu iaitu orkid, bunga, rama-rama dan burung akan mula beroperasi tahun depan.

”Pembangunan pulau-pulau ini dengan tema masing-masing hanya mengambil masa antara empat hingga enam bulan lagi untuk disiapkan,” ujarnya yang berpuas hati dengan pencapaian itu.

Dalam pada itu katanya, syarikat penerbangan Tiger dari Singapura sudah bersetuju untuk mengadakan penerbangan terus ke Lapangan Terbang Sultan Mahmud (LTSM) yang akan memudahkan kemasukan pengunjung ke negeri ini.

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