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Pahang-Delights Babbler , Issue #010 -- Pekan Fest 2007
December 04, 2006
Pahang-Delights Babbler, Issue #010 – What’s new! December 5, 2006

Adventures and Pleasures in the state of Pahang, Malaysia

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Issue #010 – December 5, 2006

Welcome to the 10th issue of the Pahang-Delights Babbler.

I’ll try to shorten the babble where I can. But there’s too much delights, and so here goes...

Contents: -

  1. Pekan Fest 2007
  2. Pahang State Budget 2007
  3. Pahang expects 7.8 million tourists in 2007
  4. Police University in Pahang
  5. Demise of Bishan Singh Bahadur
  6. New Pahang-Delights web-pages in November, 2006

1) Pekan Fest 2007

A week-long Pekan Fest from May 30 to June 3 will be held in conjunction with Visit Malaysia Year 2007. At the soft launch of the festival, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the event will not only promote silk woven in Pekan but also showcase various activities.

With its catchy theme "The Carnival for Everyone Who Loves Pure Fun", the Pekan Fest 2007 will bring added colour and festivities to the Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

He said the selection of Pekan to host the inaugural festival was most appropriate in view of its status as a royal town and also its achievement in the automotive industry.

Datuk Seri Najib divulged that the Pekan Fest 2007 will be an exciting carnival with challenging water sport activities, silent drills by the Malaysian Armed Forces and Royal Malaysian Police, treasure hunt, colourful cultural performances, free medical health screenings, special live appearances by some of the country’s top artistes, a bazaar that will be offering handicraft, souvenirs, foods and products at attractive discounts, and a career drive and awareness showcase by the various enforcement agencies.

The event is organised by construction companies, SPPH Sdn Bhd and F&R Ventures Sdn Bhd.

2) Pahang State Budget 2007

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob tabled the Pahang State 2007 budget of RM783.65 million at the State Assembly. Of the amount, RM353.31 million is for operating expenditure and RM430.34 million for development. This is another deficit budget, but the shortfall of RM12.44 million is about 14% lower than this year's.

The State Government will get RM273.35 million from the Federal Government for water supply projects while its expected revenue for next year is about RM497.86 million.

Among the state's expected main revenue earners in 2007 are land and minerals (RM150.8 million); forestry (RM84.5 million) and water supply (RM98.52 million).

3) 2007 Targeted Tourist Visits to Pahang

Tourism Malaysia Pahang targets tourist arrival for year 2007 to be around 7.8 million with an estimated spending of RM3.2 billion while holidaying in the state. Its director Jefri Munir said the increase in visitors would be expected as the country would launch Visit Malaysia Year 2007.

Jefri said there were five major events listed in the state namely International Monsoon Madness Windsurfing Challenge, Sungai Pahang International Rafting Expedition, International Bird Race, Food and Fruit Festival and Dirt Bike Challenge. These events had been scheduled between January and September 2007.

On the number of tourists arrival targeted for this year, Jefri said it was at 5.0 million people. "However, we have already recorded 4.9 million up to June 2006 and are expecting the number to reach 7.0 million by year end. "The amount spent up to June 2006 was RM1.5 billion and we expect the figure to hit RM3 billion," he added.

4) Royal Malaysian Police University

HRH Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah of Pahang has given the green light for the Royal Malaysian Police (RMP) University to be set up in the state.

His Majesty gave the nod to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan when he visited the RMP College in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur. Asked by reporters afterward, Tan Sri Musa said the working paper for the setting up of the university was being prepared.

In conjunction with the visit, the main hall of the RMP College that was built in 1999, was named the Sultan Ahmad Shah Hall.

5) Passing away of Bishan Singh Bahadur

Malaysian social and environmental activist Bishan Singh Bahadur who was the winner of Malaysia's first Consumer Advocate Award, has passed away. He was 62. The Fomca advisor and environmental activist died at the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital, Kuantan on the 29th November 2006 of a lung disease.

Born in Nibong Tebal in the state of Penang, he served as president of the Sustainable Development Network, board member of the Pesticide Action Network, Asia Pacific, and adviser to the Women Development Initiative of Malaysia.

He was also the president of the Pahang Consumer Association and chaired the education committee of the International Organisation of Consumers Union besides being a local councillor in Kuantan.

He was also presented the Langkawi Award in recognition of his outstanding services in the field of environment.

He was cremated at the Jalan Bukit Ubi crematorium in Kuantan, and leaves behind his wife, a daughter and a son.


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6) Well, to those who haven't visited, the new Pahang-Delights web pages are as follows: -

#1) Rendang

This is a somewhat spicy but delightful traditional Malay cuisine made either with beef, chicken or lamb, normally eaten with rice, ketupat, nasi himpit, bread or just by itself.

#2) Nasi Himpit

Read how Nasi Himpit got its name and the simple way to make this popular plain rice dish, normally served during Malay festivals.

#3) Nasi Tomato

Nasi Tomato is another delightful variation of the traditional rice dish cooked by Malays when celebrating festivals and traditional occasions like weddings.

#4) Kuantan Airport

This airport is officially known as the Sultan Ahmad Shah Airport, and serves to bring in tourists to the east coast states of Peninsular Malaysia.

#5) Silat Videos

Take a glimpse of the silat in action - the traditional self-defence techniques of the Malays not only in Pahang but also in Malaysia.

#6) Akad Nikah

Follow the akad nikah proceedings and watch a short video, to learn and understand a bit about this aspect of the delightful traditional Malay wedding.

Well, November 2006 was a month when heavy monsoon rains were forecasted to hit the coastal areas but somehow Nature was kind and there were only great sunshine and intermittent rains.

But with Typhoon Durian hitting the Phillippines as I write now, maybe December 2006 could be the start of the heavy monsoon rains. But then again, maybe not. Mother Nature has always been kind to Pahang folks.

So until next time, from me...

Terima kasih (thank you) and ... Selamat Datang (Welcome)

From : Mohd Yamin

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