Jul 24, 2008 By CLARA CHOOI
THE state government is considering a proposal to turn the Lata Kinjang waterfalls in Tapah into a world-renowned ecotourism site.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin said that a structural engineer made the suggestion recently during a courtesy call at the State Secretariat.
“This man is a Perakian who made it big for himself in Hong Kong.
“And today, the engineer, who has returned to his home ground, told me that he wanted to make Perak known to the world, starting with the famous Lata Kinjang waterfalls,” he said during a meeting with the Perak Kwang Tung Association in Ipoh on Tuesday.
He added that the man, who had snapped shots of the falls during his visit, had proposed to return to Hong Kong to promote Lata Kinjang to the people there.
“It is his intention to bring tourists from Hong Kong to see the beautiful falls. This would surely place Perak on the international map.
“After all, Lata Kinjang is the highest waterfall in all of South-East Asia,” said Nizar.
During the meeting earlier, the association, along with representatives from 25 other Chinese associations in the state, presented a memorandum to Nizar.
In the memorandum, the associations urged the state to boost its efforts in promoting eco-tourism in the state, improve logistic facilities to aid businesses and attract investors as well and encourage the use of natural gas by constructing more facilities within the towns.
The associations also asked the state government to provide more plots of land for burial grounds as the current cemetery in Tambun was getting overcrowded.
Perak Kwang Tung Association president Ng Kok Wah also said that the association hoped that the state would reconsider the appointment of some of its members as local councillors as they had been rejected during the recent round of interviews.
“We hope they will be considered in the next appointment or review,” he said.
Nizar said that the state would give all the suggestions due consideration.