Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Trishaws still a great ride for Sibu tourism


SIBU: The trishaw may no longer be a common means of transport, but its nostalgic value still appeals to tourists, said Assistant Sarawak Tourism Minister Datuk Talib Zulpilip.

“Those of my generation will remember fondly the rare ‘beca’ ride. A great treat it was. To tourists, it would have its novelty value,” Talib told The Borneo Post.

According to Ravera Holidays Sdn Bhd’s Products Research and Development manager Melintan Ina, Sibu could be the only place in Borneo where trishaw is still used for transport.

Melintan, who noted it as a dying trade, believes that trishaw, like the longboat, is a national heritage in the transport sector.

He said trishaws captivated tourists and thus should be capitalized on for in-bound tourism promotion.

To this, Talib, who is Jepak assemblyman, added: “If there are rickshaw owners who want to do this, why not. It provides good income and adds variety, colour and photo-shoot opportunities. This should be explored seriously.”

Meanwhile, there are only a handful of trishaw operators here.

Abdul Rahman, although nearing 70, still peddles a trishaw for a living.

He welcomed the idea of using the trishaw service to lure tourists.

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