By Rosli Mansor
The new Pangkor Island logo was launched, on behalf of the state government by Tourism Perak recently, at the Taiping Municipal Council.
Executive Councillor for Tourism, Arts and Culture Tan Kar Hing said in view of the state government’s effort at promoting Pangkor Island as a duty-free island, the new logo will help enhance the tourism industry in the island resort.
“Hopefully, programmes such as the transportation, awareness campaign codenamed ‘Mesra Malaysia’ will improve facilities on the island, as well as the print and digital brochures available for the promotion of Pangkor,” he said during a media conference.
Blue-eyed anchovy (a popular marine product of Pangkor) and hornbills, which are often seen on the island, are portrayed in the new logo giving the island a unique identity as a preferred holiday destination.
Waves and coconut trees symbolise the flora found on the beaches of Pangkor. They are synonymous with the daily lives of the islanders and tourists.
In a related development, State Secretary Zainal Azman Abu Seman said the state government had allocated an initial budget of RM10 million for infrastructure development after obtaining the funds from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, Economic Affairs Ministry and the Ministry of Rural Development to improve facilities in Pangkor.
“This will include both passenger and cargo jetties in Pangkor and the jetty in Kampung Acheh on the mainland to facilitate the movement of people and goods,” he told reporters.
Zainal Azman added that he would visit the Ministry of Finance to brief other projects earmarked for Pangkor in the hopes of getting financial support.
“I’ve had a discussion with the taxi drivers’ association in Pangkor. We’ll find ways where the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development and the Ministry of Transport can assist us with the planned transportation system,” he added.