Lake Kenyir to remain as shariah-compliant tourism area

Published on : Monday, September 4, 2017

tourism areaAccording to Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman, Lake Kenyir will continue to be a syariah-compliant tourism area, although it’s being declared as a duty-free zone.

 
He said that this decision is necessary to protect the sensitivity of the people and religion.
Rahman said, “Let Terengganu be known for its Islamic tourism. We do not want Lake Kenyir to be like other places by promoting activities which are not syariah-compliant there. We have to admit that we have yet to be on par with Thailand or Indonesia in the tourism aspect, (but) there are guidelines on Islam which we have to observe in tourism.”

 
He said that his aim was to see Lake Kenyir become a tourism destination for Muslims in the world. Rahman said that the history of Lake Kenyir becoming a duty-free zone started on December 14, 2015 with the move being approved by the Finance Ministry, following which the Central Terengganu Development Authority (KETENGAH) as the authority in charge.

 
Lake Kenyir was declared a duty-free zone on January 27 this year. It involves an area covering 65,650 hectares of lake, 339 islands and Pengkalan Gawi. Rahman said that the Kenyir Lake duty-free zone would complement existing tourism attractions in the area, such as the Kenyir Island Hopping (KlH), Kelah Sanctuary, Kenyir Elephant Conservation Village (KECV).

 
The Terengganu government is aiming 750,000 tourist arrivals to the state this year, with 269,512 tourist arrivals recorded as of June, which is 8.32 per cent more than the tourist arrivals recorded during the corresponding period last year.

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