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City guide for tourists in Muar

By SIM BAK HENG

The Muar city map is being distributed free at various tourists’ spots to help visitors check out the district’s attractions

JOHOR BARU: The Bentayan Village and Community Coordinating Committee (JPMM Bentayan) has produced the Muar city map — the first of its kind in the district — to enable tourists to move about in the city easily.

It is being distributed free at the Johor, Muar and Malacca tourist information centres, airports and hotels, to promote Muar’s tourism industry.

The map contains information on accommodation, history, culture, buildings, eateries, sightseeing venues and fishing spots in the historical town.

Some of Muar’s culinary delights such as ikan asam pedas, otak-otak, mee rebus and mee bandung are available at Jalan Haji Abu, popularly known as glutton street (Tam Cha Kui), Bentayan hawkers centre and Sabak Awor’s grilled fish food court.

Other tourists attractions include the Parit Tiram oyster village and firefly homes at the mangrove swamps, a boat ride to Pulau Besar and a trip to the legendary Gunung Ledang.

The Parit Jawa fishing village, one of the stopovers for migratory birds, Parit Bakar, which produces top furniture for export, and the birthplace of the world renowned Kun Seng Keng’s lion and dragon dances — the Muar Dragon Dance Association — are also on the map.

During the launch of the Malaysia’s Second Home programme, Muar had people from Sabah, Sarawak, Taiwan, Singapore and Thailand visiting the district.

The town became even more prominent after Singapore and China film companies shot their movies around Muar’s historical sites, including near the beautiful Sungai Muar.

JPMM Bentayan chairman Chris Lee Ching Yong, who devoted much of his time to produce the map in English and Chinese, said he was happy that tourists were able to explore the town by themselves.

He said he had come up with the idea years ago to help tourists make full use of their time while exploring the places of interest.

“Very often, I was approached by tourists for direction and I had to direct my personal assistants to guide them.

“With the map, I hope they can find their way around Muar easily,” Lee said at the launch of the map and the lighting up of Jalan Haji Abu in Muar with hundreds of lanterns in conjunction with Chinese New Year.

The function was attended by district officer Amran Abdul Rahman, Muar police chief Assistant Commissioner Muhammad Nasir Ramli, Muar Municipal Council secretary Farid Kassim, who represented council president Zulkiflee Abas and Lee.

Among the 2,000 people who attended the launch, included the Muar Sultanah Fatimah Specialist hospital director Dr Ahmad Pauzi Abu, JPMM Sungai Abong chairman Datuk Dr Haris Salleh, the Johor Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry deputy president Datuk Koh Kim Toon, Muar Municipal Council deputy whip Fong Soh Lan, MCA Bakri division chairman Sia Ka Tuan and assistant district officer Mohammad Nazrul Abdul Rahim, among others.

The “God of Prosperity” presented oranges, sweets and ang pow.

The audience were in awe as they watched the lion and dragon dances as well as cultural shows performed by children.

Lee, who is also the special officer appointed by Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, said the Jalan Haji Abu 50-odd street stalls, which have been around for over 70 years, had drawn ministers, film stars, writers, music composers, artists and tourists to the place to savour items like otak-otak, oyster omelette, satay and fried koay teow.

He called on the traders to produce more new dishes from the old favourites like grilled cockles and cuttlefish.

Lee said Sungai Muar could bring in more tourist dollars if tourists were taken upstream to fish for udang galah or lobsters, to observe how oysters in Sungai Muar were bred and harvested and to taste the green mussels fresh from the sea.

He said tourists could also go to the homestays in the orchards to sample the fruits there.

Lee said they could stay at kelong and fish in the Straits of Malacca or go squid jigging.

“Muar has so much to offer with so little to pay. Make Muar a ‘must-visit’ destination,” he added. [News URL]

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