also important to strive for sustainable development with many economic opportunities to keep the younger generation from venturing into other urban areas for jobs. “If you have a business idea, present a working paper to me and I will help you to look for capital,” he told the young audience. Later, at another function, Liow launched the second phase of “Go Bentong”, an initiative to publicise attractions in Bentong through website (http://www.gobentong.com/en) and mobile app.
He added that these platforms have helped boost businesses in Bentong, with featured proprietors reporting an increase in the number of customers. Liow said the Go Bentong Facebook page (facebook.com/GoBentong/) had 22,000 followers with a reach of 500,000 to 600,000 a month. The 44 videos on the page have also recorded an accumulated 600,000 views. “Tourism is a smokeless industry that is a main source of revenue for the country. Our tourism receipts raised 18.8% last year from RM69.1bil in 2015 to RM82.1bil. “We are bringing more income to the people of Bentong by promoting tourism here while preserving the environment,” he said.
The Star, Saturday, 25 February 2017
Duration: Day trip
Rainy season closure: Generally November to January. Last year, the falls were closed from Nov 1, 2016, to Jan 31. During the rainy season, the waterfalls can be dangerous due to strong currents and whirlpools. Read the warnings on the signboard and stay clear of danger spots to avoid fatal accidents. Getting to a waterfall usually involves some sort of a hike but Chamang waterfall in Bentong is an exception, requiring almost zero effort. It is one of the easiest waterfalls to get to, as you can drive right up to the majestic falls, hearing its thunderous roar from the carpark. Another 20 steps and you will be standing at the water’s edge.
Hutan Lipur Chamang, Bentong
N 03 30 580, E 101 51 496 or Google ‘Air Terjun Chamang’ Bentong Pahang
Entry Fee : RM2 per person
The Star, Monday, 13 February 2017
Vital to keep Bentong as eco-tourism hub, says Nazri
BENTONG: It is vital to turn Bentong into a tourism and cultural hub so that the satellite town will be protected and conserved as an eco-tourism area, said Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.
He said a place with pristine nature and environment is hard to find in Malaysia as many areas are being urbanised but Bentong has it all.
“In less than an hour from Kuala Lumpur, you’ll be in a place where the air is fresh and the environment is well protected.
“Tourists here will be surrounded by greeneries and clean water. “Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has promoted lung-washing tourism and the first thing that came to my mind is Bentong.
“Lung-washing has attracted tourists from Europe, the United States, China, Japan and Korea. We need to maintain Bentong as a lung-washing destination,” he told reporters after visiting the Caravan Serai Exclusive Private Villas here during his working visit yesterday.
(“Lung-washing” tourism is meant to promote Malaysia as a pollution-free destination and targeting tourists seeking a better environment to spend their holidays.)
Nazri promised MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who is Bentong MP, that he would give his support to make Bentong a lung-washing district in Malaysia.
At another function where Liow, who launched the Arch Bentong Gallery with Nazri, said the clean and fresh air and the environment in Bentong can be promoted throughout the world as one of the main attractions.
Bentong itself is currently seeing double digit economic growth and putting the town at the centre of a junction will ensure more dynamic development,” he said. Liow added feedback from the public on the station’s location would be obtained and it was hoped that the groundbreaking could begin by the middle of the year. He also allocated RM10,000 for the prison to hold activities for inmates.
The Star, Monday, 13 March 2017 by Beh Yuen Hui
Top scorer does parents and Bentong proud
BENTONG: Tan Mee Yee knows that education is the only way to ensure that she will have a better life.
She comes from a rubber tapper family staying at Lurah Bilut Felda plantation here. Her parents could not afford to pay for her tuition.
But, the 20-year- old persevered despite the hardship.
“My results were not as good before. I only scored three As in UPSR and 4As in the PMR examinations.
“I told myself nothing could hold me back and I must put in more effort until I succeed.”
Tan took notes of important points during classes at SMK Sulaiman and studied hard.
Her dedication and the spirit of never giving up paid off when she emerged as one of the most outstanding STPM students with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 4.0.
Tiang said visitors from outside the village would also drop in at the bird house. “It is basically a place for bird lovers to gather, and the place with a very huge tree by the side of it is conducive for that purpose,” said Tiang, who did not rule out its potential to be developed into a tourist spot in tandem with the rapid development of tourism in Bentong. Tiang said there were many bird lovers in the village and their wealth of knowledge on the subject was invaluable. Like most new villages, Kampung Baru Chamang also has its own temple. Unlike most new villages, however, Kampung Baru Chamang does not have a coffeeshop. This, Tiang said, might be inconvenient at times, especially for the elderly who like to have coffee while chit-chatting. Tiang pointed out that the village was a close-knit community and enjoyed good security.
“We know who lives in which house and can spot any stranger in our village. Once we spot someone (unknown), we would notify one another,” he said. Over time with development, the village roads appear to be getting narrower with many cars parked by the roadside. But Tiang felt the villagers were coping well with the congestion, saying: “We practise give-and- take to make our village a nice place for everybody.”
I am confident by the end of December, they (tourists) will shoot up to Anuar Md Noor “Foreign tourists, mostly from Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China, made up only 3% last year. By November this year, the numbers increased to 6%. “I am confident that by the end of December, they will shoot up to 10%,” said Annuar. A local bee farm has also reported a rapid increase in visitors. Melipoly Holdings Bhd director Almond Siah said numbers had risen as high as 30% during the festive seasons. “During last year’s Hari Raya period, we had around 500 to 1,000 visitors. This year, it was almost 1,300 per day,” he said.
"Although many tourists come here, my customers are usually local Chinese." - LenyArianda Ariffin Siah attributed the increase to the aggressive Go Bentong marketing programme, which had helped boost Bentong’s online presence. “It is a good thing. With more job opportunities now, more and more young people are returning to Bentong. I guess they can see a future here,” he said. The tourism boom in Bentong is said to have given the town a “new lease of life”, with many businesses enjoying increasing revenue. However, the economic slowdown this year is taking a toll on smaller businesses, especially hawkers. Nasi lemak seller Leny Arianda Ariffin, 36, who sets up her stall outside the town mosque, said she was relying mostly on regular customers, not tourists. “I start my business at 5.30am every day. Although many tourists come here, my customers are usually local Chinese. “This year business is bad, it is very quiet. During the school holidays last year, parents would come to my stall, bringing along their children,” she said. On the other hand, Indian food trader T. Manonroney, 46, is enjoying some spillover from the increase in tourists. “We enjoy better business on weekends because tour buses stop at Bentong. “But the increase is just enough to offset the rise in the cost of living. “It is just enough to get by,” said the mother of three.
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