The Sabah Tourism Board is hoping that Feri Malaysia, a passenger ferry service connecting the peninsula…
The Sabah Tourism Board is hoping that Feri Malaysia, a passenger ferry service connecting the peninsula, Sarawak and Sabah, will be revived to enhance domestic tourism and contribute to nation-building.
Its chairman, Tengku Datuk Zainal Adlin Tengku Mahmood said Sunday that the service could be reintroduced as a no-frills sea liner so that it would be more affordable to a wider range of domestic tourists.
There are a lot of potentials for domestic tourism in Sabah and Sarawak… people from the peninsula could bring in their cars and experience the great outdoor of Sabah, he told Bernama.
Tengku Zainal Adlin said that if the concept of a no-frills airline could prove successful, as shown by Air Asia, it was likely that the same concept would work for a sea liner.
But the most important thing is that it will help in nation-building. When people travel, they know more about the country and they will grow to love it more and when you love it, you will conserve the country`s assets, he said.
He said that there was huge potential for travel between the peninsula and Sabah and Sarawak.
After all, about two-third of Malaysia is located in Borneo… you can imagine the number of motorists using the ferry service going to Sabah, he said.
Feri Malaysia`s Cruise Muhibbah ferry had for several years been servicing the Kuantan-Kuching-Kota Kinabalu sea route until it ceased operations in 1987 because of losses.
The federal government, which initiated the service, had said that it had no plans to reintroduce the service but would not object if the private sector was interested to revive it.
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