Kota Samarahan has potential to be special tourism investment zone

Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri (right) with Samarahan Resident Ibrahim Lumpu at D-Virtual Park in Kota Samarahan today. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Kota Samarahan, with its own attractions, has the potential to be one of the Special Tourism Investment Zones based on ‘niche tourism’ in digital technology, said Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Syukri.

She said the Kota Samarahan area also has the potential to be developed like the Cimahi Creative City, in West Java, Bandung, which is also known as a cyber city.

Kota Cimahi is based on the concept of creativity, innovation and digital technology that it has become a trend and lifestyle for the young people there that they now can produce a community that lives in a digital environment, she added.

Therefore, she said, the holding of the e-Sports such as the DOTA 2 Versatile Dynamic Series 1 Tournament is timely and in line with the strategy of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture’ (Motac).

“The holding of this e-Sports-based programme supports the government’s initiative in the implementation of the National Digital Network Plan or Jendela to prepare the country for the transition to 5G technology,” she said when opening the ‘Versatile Dota 2 Championship’ at D-Virtual Park here.

In another development, Nancy said that since rivers in Samarahan, especially the Meranek River, have a large crocodile population, plans are being made to turn them into new tourism products, namely for crocodile watching activities.

“The Sarawak Forest Corporation (SFC) has made a presentation on the matter (crocodile watching activities). In fact, the SFC has already done it in the Bako area and now we (the government) want it to also carried out in Samarahan.

“Indeed, it sounds a bit scary, but crocodile watching can be interesting for some people and with the involvement of crocodile experts, they can be made more interesting to the public,” she said. – Bernama