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Pahang-Delights Babbler , Issue #011 -- Metrpolis plan for Kuantan, Pahang
January 06, 2007
Pahang-Delights Babbler, Issue #011 – What’s new! January 5, 2007

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Issue #011 – January 5, 2007

Welcome to the 11th 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. Kuantan Metropolis Plan
  2. High Speed Train Service in Pahang
  3. Technology Park at Gambang
  4. Le'Tour de Langkawi in Pahang
  5. Charity Shield (football or soccer)
  6. MHF - Milo Champion Schools Hockey
  7. Batu Talam assemblyman passed away
  8. New pahang-delights webpages

1) Metropolis plan for Kuantan A new draft plan to build Kuantan into a city and metropolis was launched on 16 December by the Menteri Besar of Pahang.

The draft plan will be on display for one month until January 19, 2007 for the public to view and make their comments and objections to authorities.

Amongst others, the plan envisaged:

  • A high-speed train linking Kuala Lumpur and Kuantan
  • the construction of a Kuantan Tower as a landmark along the banks of the Kuantan River
  • two new international tourist towns, namely, Cherating and Pantai Sepat
  • relocation of the state administration to Indera Mahkota town
  • present state administration site in Jalan Gambut to be turned into an arts and cultural centre named "Civic Precinct"
  • Jalan Gambut will be turned into a Corporate Street for offices
  • Tanjung Lumpur will be a Corporate Promenade for multi-national companies and large corporations to house their offices
  • Padang Lallang area will be converted into a Small Office Home Office (SOHO) enclave.
  • the MPK fields in the centre of town will be turned into squares, namely, Dataran Teruntum and Dataran Makmur near the existing Stadium Darul Makmur.
  • Stadium Darul Makmur will be turned into a bazaar venue when the International Sports Centre in Indera Mahkota is ready.
  • Indera Mahkota, as the new state administration location, will house the Kuantan International Convention and Exhibition Centre besides a technology park.
Ahh, really ambitious plans, but like all things, if we put our minds and efforts (and money) it is always possible. So, hopefully, when all these plans become reality, Kuantan and Pahang will have a new look, the look of the new century.

2) High Speed Train to Kuantan

The Malaysian Cabinet has approved the establishment of a high speed train connecting Kuala Lumpur-Kuantan as a way to increase investments and tourism on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

The train ride, with travelling speeds up to 120km - 150 km / hour, traversing about 246 kilometers, will take about an hour to about one and half hours.

It will depart from KL Sentral and will end at the proposed Kuantan Sentral terminal. The train will make a transit stop only at Mentakab.

3) Technology Park in Gambang

The Pahang government will develop 432ha of land in Gambang as a technology park that would include components such as a halal food hub, biotechnology, an information and communication technology (ICT) centre and an agritech centre.

With the development, the state government also hopes that Gambang will be the main technology park in the eastern corridor.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said the project would create activities that would bring about value-added products, and with tax incentives and competitive land prices in Pahang, investors would be drawn to set up their plants and make products such as vaccines and medicines through biotechnology research.

4) Le Tour de Langkawi (Cycling Championship)

The 12th Edition of the Tour of Langkawi championships scheduled for Feb 2-11 will include routes passing through east coast states.

Last year, the Tour began in Penang and only had stages on the west coast. The upcoming Tour is expected to attract about 120 cyclists from all over the world, and it will again have 10 stages.

Stages four, five, six and seven have routes in Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang. It starts at Gua Musang in Kelantan and ends in Karak, Pahang.

Stage 8 is expected to be the most difficult, which is the traditional climb from Shah Alam in Selangor to Genting Highlands, Pahang. The tour ends with the Kuala Lumpur criterium race over 12 laps on a city route.

5) Charity Shield (Football or Soccer)

The Charity Shield, the football season opener, was held at Kangar's Utama Stadium on December 16, 2007.

Pahang, last season's FA Cup champions, sadly lost 2-1 to their bogey team Perlis, the Malaysia Cup champions in the match.

Pahang last won the Charity Shield 13 years ago in 1993.

6) MHF - Milo Champion Schools Hockey

Pahang's SMK Seberang Temerloh created history when they won the MHF-Milo Champion Schools hockey title for the first time when they defeated defending champions Malacca High School 4-2 at the Perlis Sports Complex in Kangar on December 16,2007.

Their best placing in the meet was third spot, which they achieved last year.

So thanks for the good news, boys, and congratulations to all players, coach and the school.

7) Passing Away of Batu Talam Assemblyman

Assemblyman for the Pahang state Batu Talam constituency, Datuk Tengku Faris Tengku Razlan, passed away on December 27, 2006 of cancer.

Our profound commiserations to the family.

Nomination day for the Batu Talam state seat by-election has been fixed for January 16, 2007 and if there is a contest, polling will be held on Jan 28.

Batu Talam, a small town in Raub district, was top of the news in 1993 when the then state assemblyman Datuk Mazlan Idris was killed (cut into various pieces) in a bizarre ritual bordering on witchcraft.

Bomoh Maznah Ismail or Mona Fandey, her husband Mohd Afandi Abdul Rahman and helper Juraimi Husin were tried for murder in 1994 and they were found guilty. They were hanged in Kajang prison on Nov 2, 2001.


Thanks to all of you, Pahang-Delights website is still ranked in the top 0.5% of the more than 60 million websites in the whole wide world with current Alexa ranking of around 280,000.

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

#1) Mat Kilau

This legendary warrior and patriot of Pahang who fought against the British in the late 1890's was thought to have died in 1895, but he-re-emerged in 1969 to the delight of the nation.

#2) Paceri Nenas

A delightful traditional dish from pineapples that gives a sweet taste to the plain white rice, and is normally one of the dishes in the menu during traditional weddings and festive occasions.

#3) Ikan Patin Asam Rebus

The ikan patin asam rebus is a delightful traditional Malay dish in Pahang and is another style of cooking the ikan patin (silver catfish), the popular river fish found in the district of Temerloh.

#4) Christmas Day in Pahang

Christmas Day in Pahang is celebrated not only by the Christians but they are also joined by people of other ethnic and religious beliefs, making it a joyful and memorable day for everyone.

#5) Aidil Adha in Pahang

The festival of Aidil Adha is celebrated on the 10th day of the Muslim month of Zulhijjah in Pahang, to mark the close of the Hajj pilgrimage in Makkah or Mecca.

#6) Pahang Flag and Coat of Arms

The white over black design of the Pahang Flag and the choice of coffee-leaf and elephant tusks for its Coat of Arms or state emblem have deep connotations that relate to Pahang's colorful history.

#7) Events in Pahang for Visit Malaysia Year 2007

The events in Pahang included in the Visit Malaysia Year 2007 programs comprise a spread of enthralling adventure, nature and recreational sports and cultural shows that have always been its popular attractions.

Well, December 2006 was unfortunately a month when heavy monsoon rains in the middle of the month led to big floods in the Malaysian states of Johore, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan and Pahang.

In Pahang the most badly affected area was the district of Rompin. Villagers affected by the floods were safely evacuated and located at flood - centers, and cared for.

As of todate, most have gone back home, but the authorities have warned on recurrence of heavy rains due to an on-coming tropical depression affecting the coastal areas of east Malaysia.

Hopefully, and we all pray, that it will not be bad, but everyone should be alert at all times.

So until next time, from me...

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

From : Mohd Yamin

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