Fishing Expedition at Fish Farm next to Tasik Biru Kundang A Thrilling Experience for Kids

Fishing Expedition at Fish Farm next to Tasik Biru Kundang A Thrilling Experience for Kids

What is exciting for the entire family is being able to haul in a big catch especially if it is a Patin Mekong fish weighing 27.1kg.

By large, according to Arif Hartono who works here, this is the largest fish that has been caught at this fish farm located just across the street from Tasik Biru Kundang.

The fish farm has been opened since 2008 to anglers who just want to have some thrill in fishing.

“The biggest local Ikan Patin that has been caught here weighs 18 kg,” he adds. “This was just a week ago.”

There are two ponds. Pond 1 is open 24 hours for anglers and the farm operator charges a fee of RM30 for three hours, and for an additional hour, the fee is RM35. For the more serious anglers, there is also night fishing.

“Whatever your catch, if it is below two kilogrammes, you can take it back home to cook or grill,” explains Arif. “If it is above two kilogrammes, then you will have to sell it back to us for RM1 per kilogramme.”

Understandably, this is a fish farm, where they breed the Patin fish for the restaurants.

Fishing in Pond 2 is open from 10am – 12 midnight. “Whatever fish you can catch here cannot be taken home. However, you get cash prizes if you hit a jackpot by catching a fish of certain weight,” elaborates Arif, pointing to a chart that shows various cash prizes available.

Tasik Biru Kundang is a short drive from Bukit Rahman Putra in Sungai Buloh. The local tourism industry here is just at its early stages but it has the potential to grow, depending on how the locals develop it into an interesting spot for local tourists.

On certain days, if you happen to be there when some jetskiers cruise the waters, it is fun to take photographs because the water looks blue from its reflection of the sky.

On certain days, if you happen to be there when some jetskiers cruise the waters, it is fun to take photographs because the water looks blue from its reflection of the sky.

There is not very much to expect from the scenic point of view but for a relaxing, “kampung style” outing for the children, it is a nice place to spend the day. If you have a drone with a good camera, you can survey around the lake and capture nice views.

After all, it is just a 25-minute drive on the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong and Jalan Kuala Selangor from Petaling Jaya on a traffic free weekend.

Along the way, there are a number of food stalls. We particularly like the Patin fish cooked kampung style at Patin Mamimia Champion, a small stall operated by a former banker, Mazlan and his family. Food here is suitable for the younger children as it is not spicy.

There are also other foodstalls serving Ikan Bakar, Cendul and all sorts of local kampung-style cuisines which the children would enjoy. However, do not expect the water to be blue all the time – just enjoy the day’s brief outing and the food.

STEPHEN NG is an ordinary citizen with an avid interest in all sorts of gastronomical delights – Western, Middle Eastern and Asian.

Australian Migration Business & Investment Opportunity

Australian Migration Business & Investment Opportunity

Australian Migration Business & Investment Opportunity

Business Migration

If you are a business owner or an investor ready to expand and start your business in Australia, you will benefit by attending this seminar.

You will get to understand your eligibility and the end-to- end process in acquiring your Australian Permanent Residency.

Following the seminar, the eligible and contracting applicant will be able to meet W.A State Nomination Manager; Bruno Delfante on 22nd October 2017 at our PJ office for provisional approval.

To be eligible for one of the Business Visas, the applicant must meet the following financial metrics.

Types of business visas and financial requirements:

1. VISA 132 – Business Talent; Stream A – Business History (Immediate Permanent Visa)

  • Business owner; Annual revenue of at least AU$3 million in any 2 years of the last 4 years
  • Business ownership with 30% equity
  • At least AU$400,000 business equity value.
  • Personal and business assets of at least AU$1.5 million
  • No point tests.

2. VISA 188 – Business Investor Stream (Provisional) (Converted into Permanent Visa after 4 years)

  • Business and personal assets of at least AU$2.25 million
  • Interest bearing capital guaranteed investment of at least AU$1.5 million
  • 65 score points assessment.
  • 2 years of residency in 4 years (accumulatively)
  • 3. VISA 188 – Business Innovation Stream. (Provisional) (Converted into Permanent Visa after 4 years)

  • Business owners; annual revenue of at least AU$500,000 in any 2 years in the last 4 years.
  • Personal and business assets of at least AU$800,000
  • Business ownership with 30% business equity
  • 65 score points assessment
  • 4. VISA 188C – Significant Investor Visa (SIV) (Provisional) (Converted into Permanent Visa after 4 years)

  • Total assets of AU$5 million in managed funds
  • No point test, no age limit and no English language requirements.
  • No Australian residence tax obligations.
  • 160 days of residency in 4 years.
  • *Other business visa categories available               *Private counselling available post seminar

    Location & Date

    Venue:Hilton Hotel,PJ
    Date:Saturday, 07 October 2017
    Time:02:00 – 06:00 PM

    *Admission is strictly by pre-registration ONLY owing to limited seats.

    There will be discussions on the latest Commonwealth government migration regulations, eligibility rules and policies on State Nomination, types of visas and details on projects available for overseas investors.

    Presenting at the seminar is a prominent Australian Migration agent with over 27 years of practice hands-on experience, CEO of Australian Migration Agents, Mr. Robert Chelliah.

    Through AMA they will assist you in your business strategizing and expansion into Australia, providing a one stop platform, step by step guidance and assistance to the applicant and their family from beginning to Post Arrival Support Services (final and settlement stage for successful applicants.)

    Speakers

    Robert Chelliah
    CEO Australia Migration Agents Group of Companies
    MARN:92-54011

    Bruno Delfante
    W.A State Nomination Manager

    Overseas investors can invest and start and/or expand their business into Australia in many selected fields such as Property Ownership and Development, Ecotourism, Food & Beverage, Hospitality Industries and many more.

    The state government of Australia has zero interference over the conduct of private businesses, another plus point for business migrants choosing Australia as their preferred investment destination.

    Details of available projects:

  • Supermarket – Grocers – Investment value >AU$500,000.
  • Property Development – Apartment, townhouse project – land ownership >AU$1million.
  • Commercial warehouse – Poultry and food produce – Ownership >AU$1million.
  • Manufacturing – Business ownership AU$1.2million.
  • Property Development – luxury villas project >AU$1.5million.
  • CLICK HERE for other available projects
  • Other business and investment fields open to investors: Commercial and domestic property development, Eco tourism & Hospitality Industry, Food and Beverage, Agro cultivation and Commercial Horticulture, Retail Outlets and many other areas.

    Where acquisition of existing business or purchase of residential property is done with the assistance of the agent, Australian Migration Agents Pty Ltd offers the commissions we obtain from the broker and vendor back to you in the form of a refund of our professional fees by the end of your engagement term.

    *Admission is strictly by pre-registration ONLY owing to limited seats.

    Education has also been one of the primary factors taken into consideration when choosing a country to migrate for the family.

    For holders of Australian Provisional and Permanent visas, dependent children are entitled to free education under the Australian Government up to year 12.

    The Australian National Education is voted 4th best education in the world in 2017 based on their well-developed public education system.

    For a financially-able middle and upper-class Malaysian, quality education is often pursued through international schools and institutions.

    An average Malaysian would have to spend up to RM1.4 million over 12 years of education for each child attending one of the top 5 international schools. Given that a typical Malaysian family has an average of 2 children, these figures are doubled and will come up to as much as RM2.8 million for 12 years of education.

    This savings of up to RM2.8 million that most families have calculated ahead of time, can then be allocated as an investment for a large property in a suburb in Australia where the top state school is located.

    AMA has hundreds of proven and outstanding winning records in facilitating investors with their business expansion and investments plans into Australia.

    Chelliah is an expert in legislative migration and handling complex cases, he is a skilled strategist and also a well-known media commentator.

    With a 100% success track record, Chelliah has over 40 years of working experience with the Australian Commonwealth Government Immigration Department making AMA one of the longest serving migration agents in Australia.

    Attend the seminar and discover how you can make your migration plans a successful one.

    AMA is an Australian migration agency established in 1994 that practices with the highest integrity and ethics complying with their mission statement of

    “WE DO ONLY ONE THING & WE DO IT BEST!”

    *Admission is strictly by pre-registration ONLY owing to limited seats.

    More Information:
    Australian Migration Agents Pty Ltd

    Robert +6012 348 2961
    Dessy +6016 411 5672
    Gayathrie +6012 340 5590
    Shalini +6012 787 5590

    Mesmerising Redang

    Mesmerising Redang

    Malaysia has very beautiful island resorts that deserve to be promoted.
    Not many people, for example, knew that the Hong Kong-Chinese movie, “Love You You” was shot on the Summer Bay Lang Tengah Island Resort.

    Malaysia has very beautiful island resorts that deserve to be promoted.
    Not many people, for example, knew that the Hong Kong-Chinese movie, “Love You You” was shot on the Summer Bay Lang Tengah Island Resort.

    For several years, we have returned to this beautiful part of the East Coast off Terengganu, which is well-known for its islands such as Redang, Pulau Kapas, Pulau Perhentian and Lang Tengah, especially after experiencing the magnificent marine park.

    We stayed at Lang Tengah some eight years ago. The clear sea water was simply inviting for anyone to jump into the sea but I especially loved it when we could see the colourful marine fish coming to us the moment we threw some bread into the water.

    That had given me a longing desire to return to this part of the world, so we decided to return. In fact, Redang and Perhentian here are among the three islands besides Tioman which are highly recommended by ExpatsGo.

    We were there last year at Redang Bay Resort; but this last trip which was just a week ago for four days / three nights was the best so far, as my wife managed to get a room at a very attractive subsidized rate at The Taaras Beach and Spa Resort, Redang. It is worth checking out their package.

    The resort is definitely worth another visit, if we get the chance, to explore further its facilities and, of course, to laze around on its private beach overlooking a most spectacular bay. It is simply mesmerising.

    In fact, The Taaras is one place that I would highly recommend to mother-and-son, 42-year-old Cheng Chau Yang and her eight-year-old son who are currently stranded in Shanghai over a questionable court’s travel ban preventing them from leaving China.

    I have been advising the family, and hopefully with the help of foreign minister, Anifah Aman, they will soon return to their homeland by end of September.

    At The Taaras, I also met a middle-aged couple who had stayed at the resort on a number of occasions. Pointing to a beautiful boat docked near the beach, they told me that’s they have just sailed in all the way from France. Never mind the sun, it was smiles all over on their faces.

    Swimming with the turtles.
    This time around, the biggest satisfaction was to go out on island hopping, where we were brought to a special spot, where the kids got a chance to swim with the turtles.

    Swimming with the turtles.
    This time around, the biggest satisfaction was to go out on island hopping, where we were brought to a special spot, where the kids got a chance to swim with the turtles.

    On previous excursions, we did enjoy the marine park, but on this particular island hopping, for the first time we were introduced to the friendly turtles; for this, I would recommend this operator Asmadi Redang (+60 13-928 5002/016-9215002).

    The only downside is that they did not bring us to the Marine Park, but on further discussion with Asmadi while writing this article, he agrees that locals would like to at least be able to say they have spent some time at the Marine Park and he would include Marine Park for all his trips. Foreign tourists, he added, are more interested in the quiet locations.

    According to the boat skipper, Jojo was the first of the turtles to become very tame; soon, the others also followed along. Over here in Terengganu, apart from the giant leatherback sea turtle which is also known to locals as Penyu Belimbing found mainly in Rantau Abang, there are also the other three marine turtles namely the Green, Hawksbill, and Olive ridley turtles. 

    With that, we have four out of a total of seven marine turtle species in the world! Snorkelling and swimming with the turtles is both educational and fun for the kids as they learn that sea creatures and humans can co-exist and enjoy each other’s presence when they could touch the turtles when going on snorkelling.

    The ones that we saw on this trip were the green turtles which are also known to islanders as penyu Agar, penyu Pulau or penyu Hitam. Its scientific name is Chelonia mydas.

    The skipper even caught a nemo to show them, but thankfully, the nemo was allowed to return to its habitat after some nice photography session with the kids. Guests also get to touch the sea cucumber if they ask for it.

    Something to look out for are the baby sharks near to the Long Beach. According to a reviewer on TripAdvisor, if you stay at Redang Reef Resort, you can even snorkel basically anywhere near the beach. “You can just walk a bit towards the sea and you will see fishes and marine life immediately. We got the chance to see baby sharks.” See the other reviews here.

    Because they provide safety jackets, even children as young as five or six years old can learn to float in water with some supervision by their parents.

    The marine fish here are colourful and really beautiful and children would be fascinated when they see the sea creatures in real life. Yes, nothing beats the real thing, not even the Walt Disney’s Nemo.

    On hindsight, I should have let my kids watch the movie again before the trip to Redang in order to fire up their imagination. It is a great opportunity to teach them to love the environment.

    There are several jetties here in Kuala Terengganu
    depending on which resort you are living in but the two more common ones are Shahbandar and Merang.

    There are several jetties here in Kuala Terengganu
    depending on which resort you are living in but the two more common ones are Shahbandar and Merang.

    Shahbandar Jetty is just about a kilometre away from the express bus station and to get there, you can use either Uber, Grab or the normal taxis (which you do have to negotiate the prices with the taxi drivers).

    Merang jetty is closer to Redang but it is 40 minutes away from the Kuala Terengganu on the road, but I would not recommend using private speed boat during the end of the year when the current is strong. It is also doubtful that they have public insurance since these are mainly private speed boats.

    It is important to book the ferry tickets first to avoid any disappointments especially during peak seasons. The one that we booked the tickets for this recent trip is Sejahtera Ferry Services Sdn Bhd where we find the seats more comfortable and it is licensed and come with public insurance. You can contact them at 016-416-8800 (Mr.Yap) or email them at [email protected] with cost RM55 for adults and RM30 for children.

    STEPHEN NG

    is an ordinary citizen with an avid interest in writing about interesting tourist spots and places to eat.

    Overseas Investment Projects Open, Australia Ready For More Malaysian Investors

    Overseas Investment Projects Open, Australia Ready For More Malaysian Investors

    Overseas Investment Projects Open, Australia Ready For More Malaysian Investors

    Australia has been a migrating destination most sought after by Malaysian investors for many years.

    Driven by the country’s economic and political stability that offers diversity of opportunities, education and human rights protection, Australia is ranked by UNDP (United Nations Human Development) as the second-best country in the world for quality life following their “Human Development Index” statistics assessment.
    [1]

    Australia one of the most medically-advanced country

    Australia is also in the top 10 of most medically-advanced countries in the world with over US$5.5 billion invested in their medical research, which ensures better medical assurance and treatment quality. [2]

    Better and more trusted law equity

    One of the top reasons that makes Australia one of the best choices for migration is their better and more trusted law equity. Australia is best known as a country that spends every dollar of its tax-payers money on the well-being of its citizens.

    4th best country for education

    Education has been one of the primary factors taken into consideration when choosing a country to migrate for the family. With Australia ranked as 4th best country in the world for education [3] many have made it one of their top migrating destinations for the betterment of their children’s education.

    Though national standards were implemented in 2014, each state is tasked in managing their own education system to ensure its quality education is up-to- par with their high Human Development Index.

    One of the best countries for Business and Investment

    In Australia, the state government has zero interference over the conduct of private businesses, another plus point for business migrants choosing Australia as their preferred investment destination.

    With its strong, sustained economic growth, Australia has opened up more projects that target overseas investors, intending to expand their business and migrate to Australia.

    Migration into Australia is made even more appealing by its cultural diverse and beautiful natural environment, its world-class sporting facilities as well as an enviable lifestyle.

    Australia also tops a one of the best countries for retirement [4] showing an increasing numbers of migration by successful investor opting to settle down and retire in Australia.

    The Australian Migration Agents Pty Ltd (AMA) invites qualifying business owners and investors to a cost-free seminar. This seminar will allow you to understand and strategize your business and investment as a gateway to obtaining Australian Permanent Residency in Australia.

    There will be discussions on the latest Commonwealth government migration regulations, eligibility rules and policies on State Nomination, types of visas and details on projects available for overseas investors.

    Eligible investors will be expedited for a meeting with State Nomination Body to discuss their intentions.

    Presenting at the seminar is a prominent Australian Migration agent with over 27 years of practice hands-on experience, CEO of Australian Migration Agents Mr. Robert Chelliah.

    Exclusively made available for seminar participants is a question-and-answer session with Western Australia Investment and Business Specialist Mr. Hermann Steeger.

    Through AMA they will assist you in your business strategizing and expansion into Australia, providing a one stop platform, step by step guidance and assistance to the applicant and their family from beginning to Post Arrival Support Services (Final and settlement stage for successful applicants.)

    Australia is hoping to attract more overseas investors with the availability of projects in the selected fields such as Ecotourism, Food & Beverage, Hospitality Industries, Property Ownership and Development, Agro cultivation and Commercial Horticulture.

    AMA has hundreds of proven and outstanding winning records in facilitating investors with their business expansion and investment plans into Australia.

    Chelliah is an expert in legislative migration and handling complex cases, he is a skilled strategist and also a well known media commentator.

    With a 100% success track record, Chelliah has over 40 years of working experience with the Australian Commonwealth government Immigration Department making AMA one of the longest serving migration agents in Australia.

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    Chelliah added,

    “Now appears to be the best time for investors to truly ride on these investment opportunities before the Australian Department of Immigration again revamps their migration legislatives.”

    Take part in the benefit of their excellent education system that is made available and affordable by the Australian Government Department of Education, in an effort to ensure they retain their 99% literacy rate while working towards a 100% literacy rate. [5]

    Australia is confident of seeing an increase in overseas investors with the amount of investment projects offered by its financial institutions and government bonds. It is through these investments, applicants have a better opportunity to migrate and experience living in Australia.

    Register now to secure seats at a seminar near you!

    Kuala Lumpur

    Venue:Hilton Hotel,PJ
    Date:Sunday, 23rd July 2017
    Time:02:00 – 06:00 PM

    Penang

    Venue:Bayview Hotel, Penang
    Date:Saturday, 22nd July 2017
    Time:02:00 – 06:00 PM

    Johor Bahru

    Venue:KSL Hotel, JB
    Date:Friday, 21st July 2017
    Time:02:00 – 06:00 PM

    Speak to Robert: +60123482961

    *Admission is strictly by pre-registration ONLY owing to limited seats.

    Details of available projects:

  • W.A seafood and honey – Export Stock Ownership >AU$500,000
  • Supermarket – Grocers – Investment Value >AU$500,000
  • Property Development – Apartment, townhouse project – Land ownership >AU$1Million
  • Commercial Warehouse – Poultry and food produce – Ownership > AU$1Million
  • Manufacturing – Business Ownership AU$1.2Million
  • Property Development – Luxury villas project >AU$1.5Million
  • By the end of the settlement process, investors will obtain partial refund of their professional fees upon the confirmation of their consignment with the available proposed projects.

    Types of business visas and financial requirements:

    VISA 132 – Business Talent; Stream A – Business History. (Permanent Visa)

  • Business owners with businesses annual turnover of at least AU$3 million
  • Business ownership with 30% business equity
  • At least AU$400,000 business equity value
  • Personal and business assets of at least AU$1.5 million
  • 2. VISA 188 – Business Innovation Stream. (Provisional Visa)

  • Business owners with businesses annual turnover of at least AU$500,000 over 2 years
  • Personal and business assets of at least AU$800,000
  • Business ownership with 30% business equity
  • 65 score points assessment
  • 3. VISA 188 – Business Investor Stream. (Provisional Visa)

  • Business and personal assets of at least AU$2.25 million
  • Interest bearing capital guaranteed investment of at least AU$1.5 million
  • Business ownership with 30% business equity
  • 65 score points assessment
  • 4. VISA 188C – Significant Investor Visa (SIV)

  • Total assets of AU$5 million in managed funds
  • Points test exemption, no age and language proficiency requirements
  • No Australian residence tax obligations
  • Complete 160 days of residency in 4 years
  • *Other business visa categories available
    *Private counselling available post seminar

    Other business and investment fields open to investors:

  • Commercial and domestic property development
  • Eco tourism
  • Hospitality Industry
  • Food and Beverage
  • Agro cultivation and Commercial Horticulture
  • Retail Outlets
  • Many other areas
  • Attend the seminar and discover how you can make your migration plans a reality.

    AMA is an Australian migration agency established in 1994 that practices with the highest integrity and ethics complying with their mission statement of:

    “WE DO ONLY ONE THING & WE DO IT BEST!”

    Australian Business Investment Migration Seminar

    Australian Business Investment Migration Seminar

    Australia is experiencing strong and sustained economic growth. Driven largely by an expanding diversity of business opportunities combined with an enviable lifestyle, it has been the preferred destination for migration and most sought after by Malaysian business owners and investors for many years.

    The Australian Migration Agents Pty Ltd (AMA) of Petaling Jaya (Reg: 995541-P) invites qualifying business owners and investors to a cost free seminar to find out about various business opportunities in Australia.

    In this seminar AMA CEO Robert Chelliah will outline about:

  • Readily available investment projects in Australia.
  • How to expand your business into Australia.
  • Commonwealth government migration rules.
  • Engaging the right ethical MARA coded agents.
  • Types of visas suitable for your investment.
  • Eligibility rules and policies on State Nomination
  • Suitable state and investment field.
  • Strategizing and undertake due-diligently for a successful visa grant.
  • How to obtain partial refund of your professional fees.
  • There will be a question-and-answer session exclusively for seminar participants with Mr. Hermann Steeger, a Western Australia-based experienced investment and business specialist.

    Key Speaker

    Mr. Robert K Chelliah
    CEO Australia Migration Agents Group of Companies

    Special Guest

    Mr. Hermann Steeger
    Western Australia Investment and Business Specialist

    Why Australian Migration Agents Pty Ltd?

  • Longest serving migration agent in Australia since 1990.
  • 27 years of hands-on practicing experience.
  • Investors deal directly with an Australian registered agent at all times.
  • Hundreds of proven outstanding winning records in facilitating investors with business expansion and investments into Australia.
  • Headed by an industry expert, migration media commentator, specialising in advocacy cases before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (Migration & Refugee Division).
  • Expert in legislative migration and handling complex cases.
  • End to end hassle-free migration application, advocacy and support services.
  • Investor’s best interests are a top priority, no high risk investments involved.
  • Team of expert in strategic business planning, competent in assisting business set up.
  • Pre-investment tours arranged for the contracted investors.
  • Eligible investors will also be given an appointment to meet directly with visiting Australian State (NSW) Nomination Body Representative to discuss their intentions.

    Founder and CEO Robert Chelliah stated “With the availability of many Australian financial institutions and government bonds open to overseas investors, now is the best time to expand your business into Australia”

    Register for a pre-assessment seminar to realise your investment plans.

    SELANGOR:
    Venue: Hilton Hotel, Petaling Jaya.
    Date: Sunday, 23rd April 2017
    Time: 02:00 PM – 06:00 PM

    PENANG:
    Venue: Bayview Hotel, Penang.
    Date: Saturday, 29th April 2017
    Time: 02:00 PM – 06:00 PM

    *Admission is strictly by pre-registration ONLY owing to limited seats.

    Details of some available projects:

  • F&B – Modern Australian/Seafood Restaurant – Investment value < AU$500,000.
  • Supermarket – Grocers – Investment value > AU$500,000.
  • Resort Management – Beachside holiday town – Investment value < AU$1million.
  • Lifestyle property – Vineyard – Investment value > AU$1million.
  • Property development – villas, townhouses, house and land packages – investment value > AUD 800K – AU$1million
  • Some other readily available business and investment fields open to investors:

  • Commercial and domestic property development
  • Eco tourism
  • Hospitality Industry
  • Food and Beverage
  • Agro cultivation and Commercial Horticulture
  • Retail Outlets
  • Many other areas
  • Types of business visas and financial requirements:

    1. VISA 132 Business Talent; Stream A – Business History. (Permanent Visa)

    • Business owners with businesses annual turnover of at least AU$3 million
    • Business ownership equity of at least AU$400,000.
    • Personal and business assets of at least AU$1.5 million

    2. VISA 188 – Business Innovation Stream. (Provisional Visa)

    • Business owners with business annual turnover of at least AU$500,000.
    • Personal and business assets of at least AU$800,000.

    3. VISA 188 – Business Investor Stream. (Provisional Visa)

    • Business and personal assets of at least AU$2.25 million.
    • Interest bearing capital guaranteed investment of at least AU$1.5 million

    4. VISA 188C – Significant Investor Visa (SIV)

    • Investment and assets of at least AU$5 million.
    • Point testing exemption with minimal residency, no age and language proficiency requirements.
    • No Australia residence tax obligations.

    *Other business visa categories available

    *Private counselling available post seminar

    Invest and experience living in Australia that offers endless opportunities and a better quality life for you and your loved ones.

    Benefit from their better and more trusted law equality and rights, and excellent education system. Australia is also one of the top 10 most medically-advanced countries in the world that will offer better medical assurance.

    AMA is an Australian agent that carries their practices with highest integrity and ethics complying with their mission statement of:

    “WE DO ONLY ONE THING & WE DO IT BEST!”

    Cherating is beautiful, but…

    Cherating is beautiful, but…

    Year 2017 is supposed to be Visit Pahang Year but instead of attracting tourists enjoy what Cherating has to offer, people are forced to take a short drive across the border to Kemaman, in Terengganu, where the happenings are.

    The beaches in Cherating are indeed a spectacular sight. Although without going into the sea when the tides are high and the red flag is up, just being able to sit by the beach and listening to the waves is already so relaxing.

    This is why I have always fallen in love with the beaches here since visiting the Legend Cherating on several writing assignments back in the 1990s, I have not been back to Cherating until this long holiday to show my children places that I have visited in the past.

    No Changes

    Over 20 years, Cherating has never changed. The town is basically still the same with the old hawker stalls along the East Coast Highway, with not much improvement or anything to really shout about.

    We tried out the local restaurant but decided that we would not visit the same stall a second time. Instead, we decided we would try out the famous Tong Juan seafood restaurant in Kemanan on the second night.

    Disappointingly, I have to say that several of the places that were the highlights in the 1990s are now gone.

    One of the batik proprietors could only say,

    Cherating is a dead town during off peak seasons

    But when exactly is peak and off peak seasons? Most local tourists would prefer to avoid these places during peak seasons. Interestingly, on the first night that we were there, the hotel was fully booked. There were both Malay as well as Chinese local tourists visiting Cherating.

    For us, Cherating is just a three-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. When we love the place, we can come during off-peak seasons and just enjoy the sea and the beautiful beaches.

    Imagine what a big disappointment it must have been to many tourists who come this way and go back, not enjoying their holiday in Cherating to the fullest.

    Using the Waze to locate the handicrafts complex was also a disappointment, as the building no longer hosts the handicrafts. I told my children that it could have been converted into a school of hospitality. But where then is the handicraft complex? Nothing seems to appear on the map although Pahang Tourism mentions about the complex.

    Along the way there are only a couple of small batik painting shops. I remember back in the 90s, there were some bigger workshops with lots of batik painters. Tourists were flocking to this batik outlet to see how the batik handpainting is done, and some bought the batik to bring home along with them.

    The next big thing in Cherating is the turtle conservation. It is a great place to educate the young people about conserving the leatherback and hawksbill turtles.

    The turtles are now considered endangered species, but the place has not changed very much since 20 years ago. The State tourism should at least have provided educational guides to talk to people about the turtles or project some video on conservation efforts undertaken by the government. Nothing of that sort is being done!

    It is the same old pools with turtles in them. There is one area that we merely assumed to be the turtle eggs hatchery, as signboards were not even placed there to explain to children how long it normally takes before the eggs are hatched. How do you expect the public to learn and appreciate turtle conservation if the explanations are not given?

    Despite attracting so many local and foreign tourists, no one was there to even sell drinks or ice cream. We would have enjoyed some coconut drinks if they were sold here at prices we could never get in Kuala Lumpur!

    I believe a lot could be done to improve the charms of Cherating if only the Pahang State Government gives it some attention, instead of being busy approving the bauxite mining and the Lynas rare earth mining company.

    Some good suggestions

    Deep sea fishing for fishing enthusiasts: Despite the high tides, some tourists would love to go out into the sea, provided that there are bigger boats that are safe to go out into the deep sea.

    I remember years ago, the general manager of Legend Cherating took me out into the sea to watch the seagulls. It was a fascinating experience.

    The Best of Cherating Food: The state government should put together some of the best hawkers in one location for people to enjoy the local cuisines. At the moment, there appears to be just one famous item to bring home – the keropok lekor. Besides that, what else can tourists enjoy while visiting Cherating?

    Kite Flying: The beaches here are beautiful, but if we cannot go into the sea, where can we find the kites? Where can we find a place where we can show the children how to play tops? Forget about the karaoke, where in Cherating can we find a place at night to show them what a wayang kulit show is like?

    Pahang Tourism and the state exco for tourism should do more work to promote Cherating especially during its “off-peak” seasons. People do like to come to Cherating during the long weekends, and not only during school holidays.

    Kemaman attractions

    We ended up staying in beautiful Cherating but spending our money in Kemanan. It is such a big contrast between the two border towns. One is well-developed, the other clearly shows a big neglect by the state government.

    One highly recommended restaurant is Restoran Kopi Hai Peng. Although it is a simple restaurant, it has a history of over 76 years.

    The restaurant was started in 1940 by 102-year-old Wong Sang Hai, who arrived from the province of Hainan in China. The restaurant is the equivalent of Restoran Kow Poh in Bentong, which offers the famous Bentong ice-cream.

    Here, it is like a muhibbah coffee shop, because people of different races sit together under one roof to enjoy the patriarch’s specially brewed coffee and roti bakar. They have since added the nasi lemak, the laksa and a number of other local cuisines.

    Prices are still reasonable. This is important as tourists do not like to feel they are being slaughtered when they eat here.

    The place is kept clean and presentable. A local person, for example, would not hesitate to bring foreign tourists to try out the coffee here because it is still affordable.

    I must commend the grandson of the Wong Senior, Richard Wong is able to keep up with the times. One cannot visit Kemaman without trying out the coffee in Restoran Hai Peng.

    Kemaman is also famous for its fisherman’s jetty where people can buy the fish straight from the day’s catch. There are also a number of homestay chalets in Kemaman, which we may try out on our next trip here if Cherating no longer offers all the attractions one would expect.

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