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Tarikh terbit: 
Isn, 31 Mac 2008
Surat khabar: 
New Straits Times

RAUB: It's anyone's guess as to how much longer Fraser's Hill will survive as a tourist resort

The hamlet on a cluster of seven hills straddling the Pahang-Selangor border is in imminent danger of dying out.

Almost everything seems to be working against it: landslides have cut off one of the two access roads to the resort, public transportation is almost non-existent and tourists are preferring other highland resorts.

Already, the loss of its lustre is showing, with many buildings remaining unoccupied, businesses seeing their worst times and dwindling tourist arrivals.

Central to the problems are the constant landslides due to development or the result of climate change which has led to unusually high rainfall in recent years.

Jalan Genting, that connects the Gap with the resort named after British adventurer Louis James Fraser, has reverted to its earlier one-way traffic flow that was the bane of visitors.

This means they have to wait for specific intervals to go up or down Jalan Genting.

For close to seven years, visitors had the benefit of an alternate road built at an estimated cost of RM50 million. It was built to make it easier for tourists to travel at any time to the resort.

However, the road was rendered impassable last December due to the landslides.

Leong Chin Awau, 58, who grew up at the resort, said the collapsed sections were eroding daily because of the instability of the slopes.

"Coupled with inadequate public transportation, the resort and its 1,000-odd residents are suffering. Even our mail has been affected and newspapers don't arrive daily.

"This is hurting tourism and the livelihood of the people here," he said.

Among popular landmarks that have been deserted are the Tavern Pub and Restaurant, Fraser's Hill Clubhouse and the Puncak Inn.

Fraser's Silverpark, an apartment complex, is virtually deserted like several other bungalows and apartments.

Japanese tourist Emiko Saito was appalled when she revisited Fraser's recently after 20 years.

"What used to be a gem looks so pathetic now. I hope something is done soon to restore the beauty and attraction of the resort," she said.

Raub district Waterworks Department worker R. Kumarasamy, 53, said life was dull without tourists and the slowdown in business.

"Even the famous strawberries, nurseries, orchards and vegetable farms are gone. We used to have one of the best waterfalls in the country."

Shahzan Inn resident manager Mokhtarruddin Khalid hopes the authorities will speed up rehabilitation of the resort and restore it to its former glory.

"The resort's tranquillity and waterfalls are attractions for nature lovers. So are the Tudor cottages among English-style gardens."

He added that the resort also boasted of facilities for bird-watching, pony-riding, trekking and golfing.

Mokhtarruddin said his hotel used to be popular with Japanese long-stay tourists but now was struggling to achieve even a 35 per cent occupancy rate.

Dollah Kassim, who operates the only mini market at the resort, Fraser's Mart, said he and the other five business owners at the Puncak Inn complex were sad at the way things were turning out.

"We have been hit badly over the last two years. With overheads to meet and virtually no business, some of us may go bust," said Dollah.

"The scenario has been made all the worse as the authorities want us to shift to a new food court near Temerloh Bungalow, where another major landslide occurred."

He added that tourists today were prudent and purchased only essentials.

"As the resort lacks proper outdoor activities, many tourists, especially from Singapore, prefer other resorts like Genting Highlands."

Pine Resort manager Jason Netto, however, was optimistic that the situation would change for the better following intervention by the authorities, including Tourism Malaysia.

"There are plans to restore regular bus and taxi services, while the town is due for a sprucing up," he said.

Pensioner C.C. Tan, 64, who frequents the resort with his family, was saddened that a national treasure like Fraser's Hill was being poorly maintained.

"Things are pretty run down here and appear to be getting worse. Fraser's lacks basic public amenities like transport, toilets and food stalls.

"The lack of a petrol station here also greatly inconveniences people who have to travel to Kuala Kubu Baru or other nearby towns to fill their tanks," said Tan.

In an immediate response, Raub Member of Parliament Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen said the government was committed to saving Fraser's Hill.

"The resort is not cut off completely as vehicles can still use the old access road. I admit I am not pleased with the resort's predicament but remedial measures are under way, with safety being of utmost importance," said the Women, Family and Community Development Minister.

She said more than RM10 million had been allocated to the Pahang state government to carry out remedial work on buildings, roads, the landscape and amenities.

Additional funds, she added, were being sought to repair the collapsed sections of the road with assistance from the Public Works Department.

It is learnt Works Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Abdul Munit Kasmin is preparing a detailed report.

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