Executive Councillor for Tourism, Dato’ Hamidah Osman hoped that money given to organisations tasked to conduct touristic activities will be well spent. She expressed both optimism and pessimism when speaking to the media following a series of mock cheque presentation ceremonies held at the State Secretariat Building recently. Over a week in June a total of RM180,000 was given away. The money was part of the allocation for tourism approved in the 2012 state budget.
Universiti Teknologi Mara, Seri Iskandar received RM80,000 to organise the Gua Tempurung Eco Challenge 2012. The event, slated for August 31 till September 2, is for students of institutions of higher learning in the country. It will be held at Gua Tempurung and Gopeng. Participants have to run, cycle, kayak and explore, not necessarily in that order. These physically demanding events require a strong pair of arms and legs.
The remaining RM100,000 was given to two private entities. SNR Adventures received RM50,00 to organise the 7th Perak Iron Bound Challenge in Lumut while Persatuan Belia Kubu Gajah received RM50,000 to manage the Road to Kubu Gajah 4×4 Challenge. Both activities had taken place from July 6 to 8.
“The purpose of the ceremonies is to record the transactions so we’ll not be accused of being extravagant,” said Hamidah.