By Mei Kuan
Spearheaded by Ipoh City Council in collaboration with Perak Media Sports and Welfare Club, over 20 media practitioners embarked on an expedition from February 14 to 16 to Kuala Terengganu with multiple aims: to enhance all-round cooperation between the city council and Perak media, to spread cheer to the underprivileged, to build camaraderie with fellow media practitioners based in Terengganu and promote Perak tourism products.
Kicking off the itinerary was a corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme at Rumah Tunas Harapan Darul Hilmi (Darul Hilmi House of Hope) in Seberang Takir.
“We express our utmost gratitude to Perak State Agriculture Development Corporation and Menteri Besar Office who made a cash contribution of RM3000 and RM1000 respectively to assist the orphanage. In addition, Tourism Malaysia, Tourism Perak, Lost World of Tambun and Econsave have also lent a helping hand in the form of goodie bags and hampers,” Perak Media Sports and Welfare Club President, Rosli Mansor Ahmad Razali explained.
“We did a similar workshop cum retreat last year in Langkawi with positive response. One of our goals is to obtain feedback from the media in line with the vision of making Ipoh City Clean, Green and Progressive,” Public Relations Officer of the Ipoh City Council, Mohd Syahrizal Azmi pointed out.
The highlight on the second day was a gathering with members of (KAWAT) led by its President, Khairul Azlam Mohamad at Sumai Hotel Apartment.
“As a return favour, we would be glad to visit Perak next,” Khairul enthused.
During the 3-day trip, participants got the opportunity to experience first-hand the beauty of the Eight Dome Mosque in Jerteh which is famed for its resemblance to the St Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Russia. Equally memorable was the tour around the Islamic Civilisation Park (TTI), an outdoor edutainment park featuring 23 great Islamic monuments. It was followed by a 45-minute guided cruise along the Terengganu River which offered a view of the Crystal Mosque, first and only mosque built entirely from steel and glass hence the crystal-like image.
With keropok (traditional Malay fish cracker snack) galore to tempt the group’s taste buds, other eye-catching sites visited were the Terengganu Drawbridge, the first of its kind in South-East Asia and the Central Market which is known as Pasar Payang.
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