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LENGGONG VALLEY WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Malaysia now has four world heritage sites
Posted on 2 July 2012 – 07:47pm
Last updated on 2 July 2012 – 10:22pm

Commissioner of Heritage Malaysia Datuk Siti Zuraina Majid, (third from left), leading the Malaysian delegation to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting in St Petersburg, Russia. BERNAMA
KUALA LUMPUR (July 2, 2012): Malaysia now has four World Heritage Sites recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (Unesco) World Heritage List, the latest being the Archaelogical Heritage of the Lenggong Valley (AHLV) in Perak.

The others are the historic cities of Melaka and George Town along the Straits of Melaka, Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak and Kinabalu Park in Sabah.

The listing of AHLV by Unesco is also 953rd on the World Heritage List in the current session of the World Heritage Committee here, and it also “testifies another dimension of the global recognition of Malaysia as a nation endowed with and committed to the conservation and protection of its world renowned heritage”, the National Heritage Department said in a statement from St Petersburg, Russia today.

Malaysia is a member of the 21-nation World Heritage Committee that decides on the inscription, referral or deferral of properties proposed for nomination, a position it was elected to, for a four-year term (2011-2015).

The department said the lush Lenggong Valley contained artefactual evidence in the open air and cave sites spanning all the periods of hominid history outside Africa.

It said the series of caves and open air sites along the Perak River in the Lenggong Valley were an exceptional testimony to occupation of the area, particularly during the Palaeolithic era, but during the Neolithic and Bronze age periods from 1.83 million years ago to 1,700 years ago.

These sites represent one of the longest records of early man in a single locality in the world.

The department said Malaysians should be proud that this inscription by Unesco meant that the Lenggong Valley was an important site for humankind to be shared by all in the world.

With this comes a serious responsibility to protect and preserve its outstanding universal value for future generations, it added.

Datuk Zuraina Majid, the Commissioner of Heritage Malaysia, led the Malaysian delegation to the meeting here.

Others in the team include Professor Dr A. Ghafar Ahmad, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Wilfred Landong and Syahrin Abdullah.

Malaysia’s Permanent Delegate to Unesco, Mohd Zulkifli Mohammed, also attended the meeting. – Bernama

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TOURISM MELAKA TIES UP WITH BUSONLINETICKET.COM


Tourism Melaka has signed an agreement with BusOnlineTicket.com, a company incorporated in Singapore, to provide the purchase of bus tickets on-line via our website.

By doing so, visitors from Singapore can buy tickets to travel to Malaysia and even Thailand just by clicking on the BusOnlineticket.com logo. Payment can be made via credit cards. It is easy and convenient that you can buy your bus tickets from the comfort of your home via the Internet.

Let’s come to visit Melaka – World Heritage City, UNESCO by making your own way here via BusOnlineticket.com.

Enjoy.

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Heaven during a Edge of Borneo

Heaven during a Edge of Borneo

Robert Frost once wrote, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, we took a one reduction trafficked by, and that has done all a difference.” He could really good have created about Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, a tiny dot on a map of Kudat district in Malaysia. Relatively different due to a remote location, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau doesn’t get many visitors, and for now, this outpost on Borneo Island stays a paradise.

This top in an removed partial of Sabah is reachable after 3 hours’ expostulate northeast of Kota Kinabalu, a final partial of that is over unpaved mud roads snaking by a tiny normal Borneo village. A correct highway to these parts, in fact, was usually built as recently as in a 1960s, before to that entrance was done probable usually by navigating a vessel along a coast.

But those who don’t caring for a tiny annoy — yet it contingency be said, a views along a approach are fantastic — will be rewarded, during journey’s end, with a landscape so pretentious that we will trust in a existence of sky on earth.

The crescent-shaped Kalampunian Beach here is carpeted in pristine white sands on that peaceful waves path to a shore. This unconditional coastline, fringed by casuarinas trees and pronounced to be one of a many moving vistas in Sabah, leads adult to a hilly precipice called Tanjung Simpang Mengayau, a northern-most tip of a Borneo Island.

Now, suppose station on this precipice corner and looking out to where a South China and Sulu seas accommodate in a good strife of waves. Dark and soppy sandstone boulders widen out into a sea like beached humpback whales in a obscurity of sea mist. The winds blow in forceful, frightening gusts, wafting a excellent fog of silt into a air. Visitors mount in astonishment with undone adult hair and billowing skirts. It feels like we are in a remote frontier, confronting furious and different possibilities – it’s exhilarating. Perhaps this was what Ferdinand Magellan, mythological to have stopped here during his circumnavigation of a globe, felt those many years ago.

It hadn’t always been such a singular place, though. The name, Tanjung Simpang Mengayau itself is subsequent from a Rungus difference “sampang mangazo” referring to a good battles once fought here in a 18th and 19th centuries by a locals. According to legend, a seashore was a favourite alighting indicate for looting pirates, and Rungus warriors bravely fought them off in bloody battles to strengthen their land. Tanjung Simpang Mengayau afterwards became a ideal surveillance indicate for incoming bandit attacks.

Though it is capricious how prolonged a Rungus have been occupying a area, they are deliberate to be a many normal clan in Sabah due to their siege from a bigger towns for so many years. While many have blending to complicated vital rather well, a comparison generations still purchase to their singular enlightenment and traditions. Many of a womanlike elders continue to wear normal coronet coils on their arms and furnish charming beads around their necks. Their basketry, weaving and beading works are pronounced to be legendary, and while complicated ways have overtaken their some-more normal lifestyle, it is still probable to revisit a Rungus encampment and knowledge a night’s stay in their longhouse during Kampung Bavanggazo.

Besides a homestay in a Rungus longhouse, there are usually a handful of places that can accommodate tourists in Tanjung Simpang Mengayau and Kudat, reflecting a district’s comparatively new bearing to tourism (See “Accommodations” next for some-more options). However, there are still a series of informative practice here that warrants a traveller to put adult during slightest a night in a area, such as saying drum artisans during work in Kampung Sumangkap and a tiny apiculture attention during Kampung Gombizau. The people of Gombizau, informed with a internal botanical properties, have also commercialized a form of cure-all called ubat seribu or refreshment of a thousand uses done of furious plants, roots and herbs. Reputed to assuage several health problems such as high blood vigour and diabetes, it is a estimable commemoration to move home.

Each year, Kudat also plays horde to several engaging events such as a Gong Fest in Matunggong encampment in Oct and a Coconut Fest in Jul (coconut being an critical stand in a district). There is also a special outside band opening during Tanjung Simpang Mengayau any year that attracts crowds to a area – one that starts during a hour a object sets on a horizon, earnest a stately low-pitched eventuality to remember (see “Events” below).

Even but all these touristic events, it’s easy to tumble in adore with Kudat, and generally Tanjung Simpang Mengayau. No consternation a Rungus people were generally defensive of their dear land and put adult a genuine good quarrel those centuries ago!

EVENTS:

Sunset Music Fest during a Tip of Borneo, Kudat
Late June/Early Jul (please check with Sabah Tourism Board, hit below)

Organised by Sabah Tourism house and Sri Pelancongan Sabah, this yearly eventuality serenades audiences with exemplary favourites and contemporary tunes as a object sets on a setting during a northern-most tip of Borneo, in Kudat. Enjoy a pleasing sounds of a full band opposite a backdrop of one of Borneo’s many breath-taking sceneries.

Coconut Fest
29 Jun to 1 July

The coconut, an ever-popular fruit of a tropics, is distinguished in a special festival during Tomborungus in a northern district of Kudat. Coconut is grown extensively here covering an area of some-more than 5,741 hectares or about 14,000 acres planted.

The festival highlights a coconut attention and approval of a poignant grant to a amicable and mercantile gratification of a farming folks in Kudat. Its rising date coincides with World Coconut Day and a horde of sparkling activities are lined adult for visitors including a rarely interesting coconut shoe race, squeezing coconut divert competition, food and splash exhibition, trade displays, coconut conform uncover and a wildlife muster for a whole generation of a festival.
Pesta Gong Matunggong
24 – 25 October

The drum is one of a quintessential low-pitched instruments of Sabah and is constructed by qualification makers during Sumangkap encampment in Matunggong. See how they are done and played to constructed a singular sounds of racial Sabah music.

GETTING TO KUDAT:

It takes approximately 3 to 4 hours’ transport by land to get to Kudat from Kota Kinabalu.
ACCOMMODATIONS:

In Kudat town

The Kudat Golf Marina Resort offers 88 bedrooms trimming from customary to fine suites. Published room rates start during RM220 nett all a approach adult to RM450 nett thorough of breakfast. Facilities accessible during a review are an 18-hole golf course, semi-olympic distance swimming pool, aptness centre, sauna, tennis justice and children’s playground.

Website: www.kudatgolfmarinaresort.com
Tel: +6088 611 211, +6088 212 366
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

At Tanjung Simpang Mengayau

There are a series of bill accommodations during Kalampunian Beach located along a highway that takes we to a Tip of Borneo. Though not high-end resorts or hotels, these no-frills accommodations yield gentle and purify amenities during affordable prices. Best of all, they have good views of a beach and sunset.

Tampat Do Aman is a low-impact “jungle camp” located during a border of a Sabah state timberland haven and only 10 to 20 minutes’ travel to a Kalampunian Beach. Tampat Do Aman provides guest with dual forms of sleeping arrangements, possibly in normal Rungus longhouses (complete with butterfly netting) or in semi-permanent tents (tents on lifted wooden platforms with thatched roofs). Rates are RM30 per chairman per night in a longhouse or a tents. Do note that Tampat Do Aman has common toilet and lavatory comforts and no prohibited showers.

The jungle stay also has a beach-front restaurant, Tip Top Restaurant and Bar, that serves western and Asian dishes; and an activities centre that rents out recreational apparatus such as snorkelling gear, bicycles and arranges for jungle movement trips. Future skeleton here embody building some-more chalets, a dive centre, a wildlife refuge and a Rungus informative centre.

Website: tampatdoaman.com
Tel: 013 880 8395
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Tampat Do Aman

BorneoTip Beach Lodge is located right opposite a highway from a beach where guest can suffer good beach and nightfall views. It has 12 beach-facing bedrooms propitious with gentle beds, comfortable showers and atmosphere conditioners. Guests can select from bedrooms that nap two, three, 4 or five, labelled during RM150, RM180, RM200 and RM240 respectively. All prices are net and embody breakfast. The board also has a grill and a mini lounge.

Facebook: BorneoTip Beach Lodge Kudat
Tel: 016 8170163
Email: [email protected]

Tip of Borneo Resort is also famous simply as Tommy’s Place. Guests only need to cranky a highway to get to a beach on a other side. It has 8 bedrooms labelled during RM130 for a room that fits dual and RM160 for a room that fits three. Price is thorough of taxes and breakfast. Tommy’s has a grill that serves a preference of internal and western dishes.

Website: tipofborneoresort.com
Tel: +6088-641 488 / +6088-641 499 / +6088-493468
Email: [email protected]
Facebook: Tip of Borneo Resort

CONTACT:

For some-more information on Tanjung Simpang Mengayau and events in Sabah, contact:

Ms. Susan Shahira
Event Manager, Sabah Tourism
Tel: +6088 232 121
Fax: +6088 265 540
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.sabahtourism.com
Facebook: SabahMalaysianBorneo

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MELAKA AND GEORGETOWN CELEBRATES 4TH YEAR AS UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE CITIES

Today is an auspicious day for Melaka and Georgetown in Penang. Both our cities were conferred with UNESCO World Heritage cities on 8th July 2008.

Four years have gone by and have there been any benefits for both cities? On the positive side, both cities have seen a marked increase of tourists both within and outside the countries. Our cities are now world recognised. With more visitors, there has been an increase in economic activities. More hotels have been built or are going to be built to cater for visitors.

More visitors have caused traffic jams especially during weekends and long public holidays. Existing roads cannot handle the increased traffic loads into the heritage areas. Some mode of transport must be implemented to prevent traffic from happening without damaging our heritage. We want to retain the charm that these cities for generations to come. Extra development should be done outside the heritage areas.

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NO SMOKING IN JONKER WALK AND JALAN KOTA

Monday July 2, 2012

Malacca bans smoking in Jonker Walk and Jalan Kota
By ALLISON LAI
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MALACCA: Jonker Walk and Jalan Kota, which are major tourist attractions here, are now smoke-free zones.

Smokers risk being fined RM5,000 if caught puffing along the streets in the historic city.

State Health director Datuk Dr Dul Hadi Md Junid said smoking indoors or outdoors including entertainment outlets at the two locations were strictly prohibited.

“A signboard has been put up next to the Tan Kim Seng bridge near the entrance of Jonker Walk to remind smokers.

“There is a special spot below the signboard for smokers to put out their cigarettes and a bin for them to dispose it,” he said at the World Tobacco-Free Day celebration in Banda Hilir here on Saturday.

He said the department planned to install eight more similar signboards along Jonker Walk.

They are in the process of getting permission from the Heritage Department for Jalan Kota as the street is located in the heritage core zone.

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