By Rosli Mansor
The state government has set aside RM 0.8 million for the development of geoparks in Perak.
Executive Councillor for Tourism, Arts and Culture Tan Kar Hing said the sum will be used to develop basic infrastructures at identified sites which will be used as examples for future projects.
“We’ll add more signages, upgrade the jetty, build proper bus parking areas at Gunung Lang Recreational Park and fences to protect the vertebrate fossils at Naga Mas Cave.”
“The state government hopes the Kinta Valley Geopark site will be elevated as UNESCO Global Geopark.
“The combination of natural resources, forests, beaches and historical sites are the core elements that form a geopark and this will place Perak as one of the famous tourist attractions for both locals and foreigners,” he said in his speech during the Kinta Valley Geopark Festival 2019 at Gopeng Square, Ipoh, Perak.
The festival was held on November 23 and 24. Various activities such as the Geopark Amazing Race, Kinta Valley Geopark Fun Race, Geopark Talk and a number of exhibitions were organised.
The opening and closing ceremony were graced by the Deputy Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources, Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji.
Present was the General Manager of Perak State Parks Corporation, Mohammad Shah Redza Hussein.