KULIM: The Tourism Ministry intends to make cycling a new tourism product in an effort to draw more tourists to the country, Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said today.
She said cycling tour guides would be made available to assist tourists.
Young people should make cycling a hobby as it can help them establish friendship, she told reporters after launching the 2012 Kulim Cycling Family Programme at Padang Tasik Putra, here.
Ng proposed that youths work together to increase the number of cycling enthusiasts in the country.
"Cycling can be more beneficial than illegal motorcycle racing. The ministry hopes that local banks can offer loans to enable youths to open up bicycle rental outlets to serve foreign tourists," she said.
About 300 cycling enthusiasts comprising children and adults joined the family ride over a distance of 20 kilometres from Kulim to Junjong town and back.
At Junjong, Ng launched a van as an MCA mobile health centre to serve the Kulim/Bandar Baharu parliamentary constituency, in conjunction with an MCA leaders' meet-the-people programme here and in Padang Serai today.
Among the MCA leaders at the programme were MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, who met the people in Padang Serai, MCA deputy president and Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, who opened a 1Malaysia Clinic in Taman Kota Kenari, and Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung, who attended several activities organised by the MCA for the local people.
The programme will end with a dinner to be attended by 5,000 people at the South Kedah Chinese Recreation Club (CRC) here. -- BERNAMA