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By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, Sept 2: The Sarawak government will look into developing the Borneo Highlands Resort and its surrounding areas, says Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts (MTCP) Minister Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
He said the resort, which is a 90-minute drive from the centre of Kuching, is the only hilltop resort in Sarawak presently.
“There is already a resort there but we need to expand it and probably do more promotion. It is a beautiful place and we want the local community to be involved because that is a highland area.
“And I believe in the foothills, since it is a very fertile area, we could create something like what we have in Cameron Highlands (in Pahang) where flowers and strawberries are being grown over there,” he said during the opening of the Paku Rock Maze Garden held in Bau here today.
Abdul Karim who is also Minister for Youth, Sport and Entrepreneur Development further said that the hilltop resort will serve as another tourism product in the State to attract not only tourists, but also city dwellers who are looking for a short getaway.
“During weekend, if you want to feel the cool breeze in the air, you can go to Borneo Highland Resort. If you want to visit the beach, then you can go to the Damai beaches or in Lundu.
“We have got so many beautiful areas down here that we plan to develop in the next few years,” he added.
On July 28, Abdul Karim informed that the State government recently terminated a concession given to a company after it failed to fulfill the agreement to develop Borneo Highlands Resort after more than 10 years.
The area at the moment is currently under the responsibility of Padawan Municipal Council (MPP). — DayakDaily