Managing director Datuk Izham Yusoff said the projects include a mixed property development in Pekan Kuah, an Eco Tourism Project and upgrading of the Kuah jetty, which are expected to begin next year. "But, if there are other offers, JVs for example, that's quicker for us to move on, as everybody is pitching in and the risk is rather diversified."
Originally from Nova Scotia, Sean moves to the Indonesian mountain retreat from the Four Seasons Resort Langkawi in Malaysia, where he held the same position. As Resort Manager, Sean will oversee the entire guest experience and report to Uday Rao , his predecessor who was recently promoted to General Manager of the two Four Seasons Resorts in Bali at Sayan and Jimbaran Bay.
Migrants, believed to be from Bangladesh and Myanmar, wait at the police headquarters in Langkawi after landing up on the Malaysian shores. "The meeting supports the establishment of a trust fund ... to support the humanitarian and relief efforts involved in dealing with challenges resulting from irregular movement of persons in Southeast Asia," the grouping said in a statement. Richard Towle, the UN refugee agency's representative in Malaysia, hailed the measures by the Southeast Asian nations and urged coordinated regional response to combat the traffickers.
Kedah police chief Datuk Zamri Yahya said the seven illegals from Myanmar and two from Bangladesh were arrested by police yesterday at the immigration detention depot in Belantik, Sik. Asked if the nine illegals involved were the skippers responsible for the entry of the two boats to Langkawi, the Kedah police chief said they were identified as the ones handling the boats to the country.
Sebastian Henao, Ian Boswell, Philip Deignan and Danny Pate all remain well positioned at the Tour de Langkawi after a breakaway success on the fifth day of action. With no-one in the move a threat to the general classification, the peloton allowed them to rack up a whopping 18-minute lead before there was any form of reaction behind.
Since the "Geopark Cruise" was introduced, almost 1,000 school children and others have gone on the cruise conducted by cruise services provider Tropical Charters (TC) Sdn Bhd. TC founder Datuk I. Alexander said the geopark was a powerful marketing tool to make Langkawi and the surrounding islands into a world tourist destination. TC operates cruises around the 99 islands that form the Langkawi archipelago and trains youths on seafaring.
Its general manager, Teoh Cheng Kung said the success of winning the global award had placed the park as among the best reviewed tourist attractions in Asia. "Prior to getting this award, the park had won a TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence Award in 2013 and its Travellers' Choice Attractions Award last year and we are proud of these achievements," he said when met when entertaining 20 children of special needs and orphans at a breaking of fast ceremony organised by the park here last night.
Langkawi acting OCPD DSP Jamil Ahmad said two versions of claims were made by the tourists to a Taiwanese television station recently, with one of the allegations stating that one incident took place at a roadblock set up by policemen and the other, at the Langkawi airport. Meanwhile, Tourism Malaysia chairman Wee Choo Keong, in a statement yesterday, also confirmed that the incident actually occurred at a retail outlet at the Penang airport and not at the Langkawi airport as alleged by the tourist.
Tourism Malaysia has clarified that the incident where Malaysian police were accused of demanding bribe from a Taiwanese tourist actually happened at Penang International Airport. This was contrary to earlier report saying that the incident took place at a beauty and accessories store at the Langkawi Airport on June 16. Tourism Malaysia chairman Wee Choo Keong, in a statement, said the store's management had lodged a report with Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) security task force following the incident.
Deputy Human Resource Minister Datuk Ismail Abd Muttalib said it was feared that this would bring about an uncontrolled influx of illegal immigrants holding the UNHCR card into Malaysia. "If we allow it, there will be manipulation of UNHCR refugees with the influx of more Rohingya migrants waiting at the border to enter the country. Of the number, he said, 503,161 were legalised to meet the needs of industries.
Indonesian conglomerate the Rajawali Group, a partner in a joint venture with the Ministry of Finance Inc (MoF Inc) in a luxury hotel project in Langkawi, has dismissed talks that it is investing in the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) in Kuala Lumpur. "The MoF get special financing, we are just the minority partner in the project," he said.
A group of smugglers who assumed enforcement in Langkawi will be relaxed during the Ramadan month were proven wrong when their activities were detected by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) here. "The three wooden boats were abandoned by the owners and the suspects were believed to have fled into the mangrove swamps nearby," he said.