Monday, March 23, 2009

Tiger Park in Georgetown/ 槟城建老虎公园?

I am one of those against the proposed Tiger Park in Georgetown. The 40-hectare allocation is too small an area for a big animal like the tiger. It will not be a “wow” factor in its attempt to keep the tourist dollars flowing. It is an ill-conceived eco-tourism development.

Penang has many tourist attractions: food, arts, multiracial culture, beaches, shopping and its World Herritage status.

When I was the chairman of the Johor Tourism Committee, I noticed at the international level, Penang or Georgetown has instant name recognition. It is not difficult to promote Penang.

Many Europeans, Middle East and China tourists like Penang that has the appeal of a tropical island. What is lack is continuous promotion and marketing upgrading of tourist facilities and good tourist package.

There is lack of cultural activities at night. There is no attempt to twin with other nearby island and to create convenient package like Bangkok and Saigon.

There are enough eco-tourism sites from Penang hill to Pulau Jerejak. More should be done to promote home stay programme in the suburb of the city, like in Balik Pulau with its fruit farms.

A Tiger Park of 40-hectare is too small to create any impact. Looking after big animal in a man-make setting is difficult. It will just become a zoo. There are already many zoos in our country.

If the state government is serious, then it should think of a night safari with other added attractions. Just depending on the tiger will not work. The tiger will only be at ease in its national habitat – the forest, not a man-made environment.


有人建议在槟城乔治市建“老虎公园”,引起许多人反对,包括我,因为面积40公顷的土地不足以容纳如老虎般的大型动物?这个想法,我只能说是拙劣的生态旅游构思,并不能刺激当地的旅游观光收入。

其实,槟城本身已有很多观光卖点:美食、艺术、多元种族文化、海滩、购物以及它的世界文化遗产地位。

我在99年出任柔佛旅游委员会主席,当时,槟城或乔治市已享誉国际。所以,要进一步推广槟城的旅游并非难事。

热带岛屿风光让让许多欧洲、中东及中国游客情倾槟城。当下缺乏的是持续性的旅游推广和行销计划,以及进一步提升旅游设施,推出更具吸引力的旅游配套。

此外,我发现槟城缺乏夜间文化活动。该州政府可尝试与邻近的岛屿或城市合作,推行类似槟城-曼谷或胡志明市双的双城旅游配套。

生态旅游已成为时下其中一个旅游热卖项目。其实,从槟城山岛区到木寇山一带,有很多可以进行生态旅游的景点。我认为当局可在有关地带,大力推行民宿计划,以生产水果和农场见称的浮罗山背就是一个最佳地点。

占地40公顷的老虎公园规模太小,无法发挥强大的吸引力。更何况,在人造公园饲养和看管体积庞大的动物,是相当困难的工作。最终,这个老虎公园可能变成动物园。但我国现已有很多动物园,何须再增加一个。

如果州政府认真发展旅游也,可考虑建立一个夜间动物园(night safari)。只有老虎的公园起不了作用,老虎最适合在大自然森林中生活,而不是受困在人造的园林。

4 comments:

G. Balamurugan said...

Dr Chua,
I completely agree with your views about the Tiger Park in Penang. Penang has much to offer to tourists and these have not be fully capitalized.

You may want to read my views about the Tiger Park and some suggestions for Penang Govt at my blog http://planetofthemonyets.blogspot.com

Mike said...

While some people care about the tiger park in Penang, I am more concern about the day to day welfare of the average working Malaysian.

Those of you working for a living, have your notice your monthly income suddenly reduce since the last monthly pay.

If you check with your employer they will tell you government has instructed them to increase your income tax withhold by a huge of 20%. 20% my friend not 2, 5 or 10 but a huge 20%.

Read on the following news;


Tony Pua (週一,3月23日)在下議院參與1967年所得稅(2009年修定)法案總結辯論時,提出這些觀點。

少繳公積金化作所得稅

他說,雖然2009年的個人所得稅從13%減至12%,可是政府採取的每月扣稅制度,最終卻叫納稅人繳付比減稅前高出15%至20%的所得稅。

他說,以一個月薪4000令吉的受薪人士為例,以前他每個月只需繳付77令吉所得稅,現在增加至93令吉,也就是多了20.8%。

“如果月薪8000令吉,則每月繳付的所得稅從668令吉提高至824令吉,每月需多繳付158令吉,也就是24%。”

潘儉偉指出,政府允許受薪人士減少公債金繳還率,表面上看來是人民受惠,但減少繳還公積金的數款最終卻去了所得稅。

“一名月薪4000令吉的人,在每月繳付公債金政策及減少繳付公債金之後,他其實每個月要繳付的所得稅高達138令吉,比之前的77令吉增加79%。”
“在實際可使用的金額中,4000令吉月薪的人士可用的錢也從88令吉減至59令吉;而8000令吉月薪的可使用金額更從240令吉減少至80令吉。”

他說,這些措施經違反政府要協助人民及刺激經濟的目標。

You see the these sort of politician keep telling us they care about the working family, but in reality they are sucking us the helpless working class family dry.

Where is our outspoken MCA leaders and cabinet ministers? Why are they keeping so quite on this issues? Is it because most of them don’t need to pay tax and hence not affect by this ridiculous increase in tax withhold at this financial hard time?


Dr Chua do you know of about this or not? The tiger park issue to me should be put on the back burner.

Low said...

Forget abt Tiget just restore the snake temple. this is so call unique and surely attract tourish.
Improve the trafic problem, build the monorial. Emphasize the "Dragon Boat racing", Carry the Big Flag on the street, beutify the beach...so many thing to do other than Tiger !

stingray said...

Great to have a tiger park so that we can put those crooks who stole our money with the tigers.

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