29 October 2010

‘Penan lifestyle, handicraft can be tourist attractions’

KUALA LUMPUR: The lifestyle of the Penan community in Sarawak and their handicrafts could be developed as tourist attractions to help boost the state’s tourism sector, Datuk Billy Abit Joo (BN-Hulu Rajang) said yesterday.

As such, he said several Penan villages in Sarawak should be preserved and maintained, while enabling tourism activities to be conducted.

With such tourism activities, he said the Penan community could also learn a thing or two about the modern lifestyle.

“I’m sure they would want to enjoy a more comfortable life and get involved in modern agriculture, like the Malay community.

“They do not want to be left out. With better living conditions, they will be able to enjoy proper meals and have enough money to spend at the market or to go to the hospital,” he said when debating the Budget 2011 at the Dewan Rakyat here.

Meanwhile, Datuk Kamarul Baharin Abbas (PKR-Teluk Kemang), in his debate speech, proposed to the government to compel statutory bodies to declare the profits they made from investments.

“This will give some kind of assurance to the investors,” he said, adding that public-listed companies should also adopt a similar approach and declare their profits to Bursa Malaysia. — Bernama

Sumber : BorneoPost Online

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