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Kuala Koh in Kelantan to become tourism centre

MACHANG, June 11 (Bernama) -- Kuala Koh in Kelantan is to be made a tourism centre as a result of an initiative of the South Kelantan Development Authority (KESEDAR) which will work with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) and the Wildlife and National Parks Department. 

KESEDAR chairman Datuk Sazmi Miah said Kuala Koh had the potential to be developed because of its tropical rain forest which was rich in wildlife, as well as flora and fauna.

Situated in the Bukit Hantu Forest Reserve and the Lebir Forest Reserve areas which border Terengganu and Pahang, Kuala Koh has an “ecosystem that is also suitable for ecotourism as well as research and development activities,” he told Bernama here today. 

He added that efforts would be made to address the need for improved transportation and promotion of the area, while ensuring that such improvements benefit the local community, particularly the Orang Asli. 

From 2000 to 2006, about 25,000 tourists visited the national park located 96 kilometres from Gua Musang town - 2.2 per cent of tourists comprised foreigners.  

The Kuala Koh National Park already has camping facilities in place, such as camp sites, chalets, a hostel, meeting room, restaurant and boats.  

On the recent incidence of pneumonia affecting the Orang Asli of the Batek tribe in Kuala Koh village, Sazmi who is also Bersatu state deputy head, said the spread of the illness should not be politicised by certain parties to earn points among supporters.....

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The Health Ministry is prepared to perform forensic tests on 12 more bodies of Orang Asli from the Batek tribe in Kampung Kuala Koh here who were said to have died of pneumonia over the past month.

 
 

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Batek people are jungle experts


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Operation to find graves of 12 Orang Asli to begin tomorrow - police


GUA MUSANG, June 10 (Bernama) -- The police operation to locate the graves of 12 Orang Asli from the Batek tribe who were said to have died of pneumonia and buried in the customary way in the jungle at Kampung Kuala Koh here over the past month, will begin tomorrow.

 
 

Pahang Health Dept takes preventive, control measures following lung infection scare


KUANTAN, June 10 (Bernama) -- The Pahang Health Department is taking preventive and control measures in several districts adjacent to Gua Musang following the occurrence of a lung infection among the Orang Asli community in Kuala Koh.

 
 

Kelantan govt denies pneumonia in Kpg Kuala Koh linked to mining activities


KOTA BHARU, June 10 (Bernama) -- The Kelantan government today denied claims that the spread of pneumonia among the Batek tribe of the Orang Asli community in Kampung Kuala Koh, Gua Musang, was due to mining activities.

 
 

No report on respiratory diseases in Orang Asli settlements in Pahang


KUANTAN, June 10 (Bernama) -- The Pahang Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) has confirmed that it has not received any formal report related to respiratory diseases in Orang Asli settlements in the state, including in Jerantut.

 
 
 

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