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Terengganu told to demolish illegal lodges on Pulau Perhentian
KUALA TERENGGANU: It has been suggested that the local authorities in Terengganu do not compromise in taking action against unlicensed lodging houses in Pulau Perhentian to protect the image of Terengganu as a tourist destination of international standard.
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said this was necessary if Terengganu were to become the best destination among local and foreign tourists especially during the Visit Terengganu Year 2013 (TMT2013).
She said although some of the operators of these resorts had been in operation for so long, they must comply with the tourism guidelines to provide the best facilities and, of utmost importance, they must have business premises licence.
"My visits reveal that there are still several resort centres that have yet to obtain the licence. If they have no licence, it means that they are not recognised by the ministry and this is not good for the image of the island and Terengganu.
"Thus, I have discussed with thye Besut District Council. I hope they have a solution whether to demolish them or give them the licence," she told reporters at a media conference after visiting the Taman Puncak Panorama Bukit Pak Apil, here today. -- BERNAMA