Malaysia: Sarawak state asked to develop traditional healing tourism

Published on : Monday, December 12, 2016

tourism malaysiaMalaysia’s Sarawak state might benefit from developing traditional healing tourism, suggested University Malaya Professor Emeritus Mohamed Abdul Majid.


In his keynote address at the Sarawak’s Heart of Borneo (HOB) Seminar 2106 in Kuching last week, the professor said this was because the World Health Organisation had described herbal treatments as the most popular form of traditional medicines.


“Sarawak’s many ethnic groups have a well-developed system of plant-based traditional medicine. These are still being preserved,” he said.


The two-day seminar was about conserving biodiversity through sustaining communities livelihood in the state area of HOB.


The state has set aside an area of 2.1 million hectares in HOB, a 20 million hectares ecologically inter-connected rain-forest shared by Kalimantan (Indonesia), Sabah and Sarawak (Malaysia) and Brunei Darussalam.


Mohamed suggested that a traditional healing village be set up based on similar concept of the Sarawak Cultural village, a state culture tourism icon which preserves and showcases the culture and traditional lifestyle of its Chinese, Malay, Iban, Melanau, Penan and the Orang Ulu communities to visiting tourists.


He said there would be great demand due to the rigours of city life and this would open up employment opportunities.


In addition, Mohamed also recommended that an Islamic traditional healing village be set up to target the Middle Eastern clients in particular.


He said a large corpus on ‘Tibbun Nabawi’ (Prophet’s medicine) was available for adaptation or reference.


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