SERDANG – Houses or pavilions put up by the states at the Malaysian Agriculture Horticulture and Agrotourism (MAHA) 2014 here will remain open to the public as a new tourist attraction to showcase Malaysian culture.
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the decision was made after considering the high cost of building the pavilions.
He said it would be a waste to abandon them after MAHA ended, only to be used again in another two years.
He said the decision to make it into a ‘mini Malaysia’ where houses of the different states in Malaysia were found, was agreed upon by the tourism and culture ministry.
“I see the state houses have the potential to be promoted as focus areas, based on their variety of food and cultural shows.
“I have discussed this with (tourism and culture minister) Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz and we agreed that the state houses will remain open as a new tourism attraction,” said Ismail Sabri in his speech at the closing ceremony of MAHA 2014 in the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) here. – BERNAMA