Boardwalk within mangrove jungle is Langkawi's latest attraction

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad arrives at the Langkawi Nature Park today, Aug 4, 2018. — Sunpix
The view along the boardwalk built within the mangrove jungle in the Langkawi Nature Park.
The view along the boardwalk built within the mangrove jungle in the Langkawi Nature Park.
The view along the boardwalk built within the mangrove jungle in the Langkawi Nature Park.

LANGKAWI: The popular island resort is set to have another tourist attraction following the launch of the 800-metre boardwalk built within the mangrove jungle in the Langkawi Nature Park.

Built within the rich mangrove and wildlife, the project by Sentoria Group Berhad (Sentoria) allows visitors to experience the beauty of the island's flora and fauna.

Prime Minister and Langkawi MP Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad officially launched the park today.

He said the park, which is within the Kilim Geoforest Park and home to more than 50 species of wildlife, would be a big boost to the tourism industry in the island.

"About three million tourists throng the island every month compared to only tens of thousands in the past.

"This clearly shows the duty-free island has since made its name as among the most attractive islands in the country to visit," he said.

Mahathir also said the popular Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA) exhibition scheduled to take place next year was also a huge crowd puller.

"We need more tourism projects here which can attract people all year round, " he said.

Guests were also shown a short video presentation of the Nature Park in conjunction with the official opening.

Earlier, Sentoria Group Bhd chairman, Aznam Mansor, expressed gratitude to Mahathir for his presence and welcomed the premier's initiatives to bring further boost to local tourism here.

He said Sentoria was working on two more development projects in Langkawi, a 70-acre commercial development in Padang Matsirat and 50-acre medical village near the Langkawi district hospital.

He said about RM20 million was spent on developing the Nature Park.

Also present were Datin Seri Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister Dr Xavier Jeyakumar, Ayer Hangat state assemblyman Johari Bulat and state Tourism, Local Government and Housing Committee chairman, Tan Kok Yew.