Sunday, October 15, 2006

Pulau Duyong the place to be this monsoon

5 Oct 2006
Rosli Zakaria

KUALA TERENGGANU: With several major events lined up, the monsoon season will no longer be a time to stay indoors.

Pulau Duyong will be buzzing with activity when the Monsoon Cup is held there from Nov 29 to Dec 4.

Since last year, the world-class sailing tournament has been a major tourist draw, and the strong winds and rough seas are just right for an exciting race.

This year?s event is going to be even bigger, with more prize money on offer.

Locals can also expect to do roaring business as they have been given additional space to ply their trade in Pulau Duyong.

"The Monsoon Cup is just one of the events which will be held during the monsoon season," Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh told the New Straits Times.

"There will be several other events to make the people enjoy walking in the rain. For the petty traders, the wet season will bring them even more business.

"The fishermen and farmers should also think of activities that will generate income. They could promote homestay programmes during this period.

"It is not the Songkran water festival (in Thailand), but our wet spell is definitely wetter than Songkran.

"We want the people to work and have fun all year long, and not just for the first eight months," he said.

Another major event lined up is the Sultan?s Cup Terengganu Endurance Challenge, which will be held over two days from Nov 25.

The event is expected to draw the best horses and riders from all over the world.

It will be the first event of its kind to be held in a tropical climate, and the wet season is expected to make it even more challenging.

A string of events will also be held in late December to usher in the New Year, which is also Visit Malaysia Year.

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