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KUCHING: The Sarawak Tourism Ministry is still holding talks with MASwings and Air Maldives in an effort to introduce a seaplane transport service in several tourist destinations in the state and Sabah.
Its minister, Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the ministry was keen to have 19-seater amphibian aircraft for tourists intending to visit Damai in Santubong, Batang Lupar, and the Batang Ai Dam and Bakun Dam's lakes, all in Sarawak, and Semporna in Sabah.
"We are thinking of having modified Twin Otter aircraft which can take off and land on water and an airstrip," he told reporters after opening a hawker centre in Kampung Semariang Batu here today.
He said the seaplane transport service could boost tourism in the interior of Sarawak and Sabah.
Meanwhile, he said a cooking show on Sarawak's local dishes would be shot and aired over FOX and AXN channels by end of next year.
"It will involve celebrity chefs. We have a wide variety of traditional dishes such food steamed in bamboo, dried fish and jungle vegetables, which could be presented to viewers all over the world," he said. BERNAMA