Beware: Backpackers Prohibited!!




摘錄自 The Star

Friday April 9, 2010

Pulau Redang aims to lure the rich with room rates no less than RM1,600

By R.S.N. MURALI


newsdesk@thestar.com.my

KUALA TERENGGANU: Pulau Redang — rated as one of the world’s most beautiful islands — is set to be turned into a getaway exclusively for the rich and famous.

Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said said the state government would no longer approve the construction of chalet-type accommodation on the renowned island, which is much visited by the diving community.

“Only hotels rated five-star and above will be allowed to be built,” he said when met after the state assembly sitting here yesterday.

In future, only wealthy individuals would be able to afford holidays in Pulau Redang as hotel rooms will cost no less than US$500 (RM1,599) a night, Ahmad said.

He that said with the decision to turn the island into a high-end holiday destination, current chalets catering for backpackers would have to upgrade and raise their rates.

Asked if the move would draw criticism from non-governmental organisations, Ahmad said it was the only way to save the surrounding rich marine life and prevent environmental destruction due to pollution and indiscriminate littering.

“Some of the budget accommodation places on the island have no proper sewage system and waste is directed to the sea, and this destroys the corals,” he said.

Apart from that, Pulau Redang is a jewel for Terengganu and the 10th most beautiful island in the world, Ahmad said.

“Efforts must be made to save the island from deteriorating environmentally. Those on budget excursions can visit other islands like Pulau Kapas and Pulau Perhentian that are equally charming.”

Pulau Redang, a popular holiday destination for locals as well as foreigners, attracts about 100,000 visitors annually including many who flock there to visit the marine park.

Terengganu Tourist Association deputy president Alex Lee lauded the move, saying that it was time for Malaysia to create its own niche market.

“Redang has only one five-star hotel and others are mostly budget accomodations,” he said.

He believed the move by Ahmad was initiated out of concern for the environment as damage to the corals had been extensive.

The owner of an eight-room hotel in Redang, however, was worried that his livelihood would be affected if Pulau Redang became an exclusive holiday destination.

He said the move would affect many holidaymakers, both local and foreign, who would not be able to afford to stay in Pulau Redang if the state government went ahead with the niche market proposal.

“I hope the state government will meet budget hotel and chalet operators in Redang to get our views and include us in the planning,” said the man, who wanted to be known only as Dina,

He also said the state government should ensure there was proper drainage and sewage on the island for better waste disposal.

Another chalet operator, Nik Kamal Nik Husin, 43, said the move would only burden the villagers on the island as many were renting out rooms to budget travellers.

He also said only a handful of irresponsible chalet operators were directing the waste into the sea.

The state government, he said, should build a centralised sewage treatment to deal with the waste disposal problem.


我的感想:
這是資本主義與官商勾結的後遺症。

如果這項計劃獲得立法通過﹐州政府或許將獲得巨大稅收。
所謂"污染問題"只是掩人耳目的伎倆。

難道讓星級酒店經營就不會造成污染嗎?
可預想星級酒店更有資金條件不負責任放肆污染環境﹐
就算違法也可通過某種特殊管道"疏通"。
在這個國家﹐這是不言而喻的事實。

星報也做了網上民意調查﹐截至寫稿時間﹐結果顯示只有10%的民眾同意這項立法。

這裡投票

相信到過熱浪島的人都對這島嶼情有獨鐘﹐戀戀不忘。
從此﹐如果你和我一樣不是有錢人﹐那就沒有資格踏足熱浪島。

熱浪島可能因官商勾結而毀于嚴重污染。
別了﹗熱浪島。

Comments

venus said…
阿? 變成有錢才可以去的地方啊?
Jobless Girl said…
RM 1600... wah not everyone can afford this rate...
若水 said…
venus: 那很可悲哪﹗

Jobless Girl: Yeah, I am sure there are many other ways rather than keeping the non-rich out of the island.
bluefiz said…
我都还没有有机会去也 T_T
真是太悲哀了

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