Thursday, 10 August 2017

(The Star) Theme park to tap Penang and Klang Valley malls for sales

Folk in the Klang Valley and Penang are the Perak government’s target audience in positioning and promoting the Movie Animation Parks Studio (MAPS) as a prime tourist destination.

State Industry, Development and Corridor Development Committee chairman Datuk Mohamad Zahir Abdul Khalid (BN-Kamunting) said they would be setting up ticket counters near them to achieve this.

“We will be setting up these counters at shopping malls around the Klang Valley and Penang such as KLCC, Pavilion, 1Utama, Queensbay Mall, Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon,” he said in reply to an oral question by Mohamad Ziad Mohamed Zainal Abidin (BN-Manjoi) during the state assembly sitting on Tuesday.

Zahir said the state would also be working with tour and online agencies to promote MAPS on a global scale to reach their international target audience, which consist of Singaporeans, Indonesians, Thais, Hong Kong folk and Chinese nationals.

“We will also be upgrading the transaction services on the official website by working with Google’s Singapore headquarters as well as collaborating with flight companies who are planning to launch direct flights to Ipoh, KLIA, Penang and Johor,” he said.

Based on these plans, Zahir said MAPS was capable of catapulting Perak into the limelight as one of the main tourist destinations in not only Malaysia but Asia too.

In answering another question from Lim Pek Har (DAP-Menglembu), state Women, Family and Community Development, Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Rusnah Kassim (BN-Behrang) said 4,499 people submitted claims for the Tabarru Khairat Kematian Negeri Perak death benefit in 2016, while only 2,902 received the aid.

“In 2015, a total of 2,780 people claimed the aid, whereas in 2013 and 2014, only 332 and 404 people claimed the aid respectively,” she said.

Rusnah said people who were eligible for the death benefit included the hardcore poor elderly folk who live alone, social welfare aid recipients, retired civil servants and religious heads.