By: Rosli Mansor and Ahmad Razali
Batu Gajah: The Chairman of the Perak Tourism Association (PTA), Dato’ Mohammad Odzman Abdul Kadir, has called on the Perak State Museum Board (LMNP) to review the entrance ticket prices for the Lat House Gallery (Galeri Rumah Lat), to make it accessible to all segments of the population.
He pointed out that visitor numbers to the Lat House Gallery could decline if the ticket prices were set too high, especially given the current unstable economic conditions.
“I am sure that visitor numbers will decrease, and over time, the gallery might not receive a favourable response if, come next month (September), the gallery entrance ticket is priced too steeply.
“I hope that the ticket prices remain affordable for people of all walks of life.
“Lat is a beloved cartoonist among all segments of society, transcending various ethnicities and even gaining international recognition. Therefore, now is the best time for his fans to connect with him more intimately and get to know him better.
“If the ticket prices are high, there will certainly be individuals who cannot afford to appreciate the artistic creations that hold their nostalgic value, as they grew up with the works of this renowned national cartoonist,” he told Ipoh Echo during an interview at Lat House Gallery at the ‘City Fun Ride’ event to the Lat House Gallery, held here today.
The ‘City Fun Ride’ event at the Lat House Gallery gathered 73 participants, including individuals from the tourism industry, travel agents, and hotel entrepreneurs.
Among the tourist attractions visited were GoChin Tambun Pomelo Agro Farm, Tasek Cermin, Chiang Jiang Coffee, Herba Park, Kellie’s Castle, and Lat House Gallery.
This full-day program was jointly organized by PTA, Ipoh City Council, Perak State Museum Board, Batu Gajah District Council, and the Royal Malaysia Police.
The event’s participants were officially flagged off by the Mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin.
Present at the event were the Director of the Perak State Museum Board, Mohamad Amir Mohd Dahalan, MBI Council Member, Datuk Ahmad Hariri Kamaruddin, and the City Secretary, Ahmad Munir Ishak.