ALOR SETAR, Dec 29 – The state government is still discussing whether to build an additional jetty at the existing spot in Kuala Kedah or at a new location. State Islamic Religious, Siamese Community Affairs, Tourism and Heritage, and Public Works Committee chairman, Datuk Mohd Rawi Abd Hamid said the federal government had allocated RM80 million for the development of Langkawi jetty.
However, he added, the focus now was on upgrading the facilities and infrastructure at the Kuala Kedah jetty for the comfort of tourists. Mohd Rawi said the state government was aware that the Kuala Kedah jetty was crowded during the school holidays and tickets were always sold out, resulting in some of the passengers having to spend their night at the jetty.
“Recently, thousands of tourists were stranded in Langkawi when the ferry tickets were sold out because of the sharp increase in tourist arrivals. The infrastructure is there. However, repair works need to be done, besides reorganising the ferry services for the comfort of tourists, as we don’t want them to be unhappy with the present condition,” he told reporters after launching the Discover Kedah 2016 programme, here, Monday.
The programme was organised by Kedah Tourism with the cooperation of the Kedah Motorsport Club to help promote Kedah in conjunction with Visit Kedah Year 2016. Three four-wheel-drive vehicles will tour 12 districts in the state for five days from Dec 28, 2015 to get the signatures of local residents to support the programme. Mohd Rawi said the end of the expedition on Jan 1 would see the launching of the Discover Kedah 2016 programme by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir.
“Those who register as ‘Rakan Discover Kedah 2016’ would be selected as the state official tourism ambassadors to disseminate tourism information, besides given priority in any tourism events organised by the state government. They can obtain the application form from the Kedah Tourism Malaysia Office or Kedah office of the Tourism and Culture Ministry,” he said.