Saturday, 20 February 2016

RM3 Charge To Access Langkawi's Recreational Parks

The only remaining nature and recreational areas for the residents of Langkawi would be the waterfalls like Temurun, Durian Perangin, Telaga Tujuh (Seven wells) and Lubok Semilang. Besides Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah, the best and less crowded public beach would be Pantai Pasir Tengorak. 

While the access to all of the above areas are now free until March 2016. As announced by the Director of the Kedah Foresty Department via Malaysiakini news , each visitor to some of the parks managed by this department will be charged RM3 from next month onwards.

Although the names of the parks were mentioned in this report, however, it is unclear to which park will impose such fee. 

Fridays and Saturdays are the weekends where locals would head out with their families and friends to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings that is considered as free for all. There are not many choices for recreational spots now as most of the public beaches are taken away. Such as the stretch of beautiful beach of Pantai Kok will be closed to public very soon.

RM3 is considered as peanuts for foreign tourist but for the locals with low and medium income, they will feel the pinch with such implementation.
The relevant authorities should consider improving and not charging for the use of the facilities such as toilets, shower rooms and car park (the one at Telaga Tujuh) before implementing such fees? Even better if Malaysians with MyKad are exempted from paying the fee!

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