Selama Homestay (Part 2)
Two villages in the Selama District were chosen to participate in the Selama Rural Tourism Project or Selama Homestay under the management of Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (RISDA). Both villages, Kampung Bagan Baru and Kampung Sungai Siputeh, were under the Gerakan Daya Wawasan (GDW). The existence of GDW had sparked a new idea to establish the Selama Homestay at both villages. Based on the history of Selama Homestay Project, the GDW for Kampung Bagan Baru in Mukim Ulu Ijok and Kampung Sungai Siputeh in Mukim Ulu Selama was established in 2004.
Kampung Sungai Siputeh, which was chosen for the project, was located 24 kilometres from Selama town, Perak. A tranquil village, it was surrounded by a river with crystal clear water. In addition to the availability of complete basic facilities such as clean water supply, electricity, educational institutions and telecommunication facility, Kampung Sungai Siputeh also promised to provide pleasure and satisfaction to tourists who stayed there. The beauty of the home occupied by tourists enabled them to experience the life of the Malays and at the same time, learn about the culture and customs of the Malays. The tourists would also be entertained with traditional performances which encompassed martial arts like tomoi and silat, Malay dances and handicrafts.
In addition, the tourists would be taken to visit agricultural plantations surrounding the village such as oil palms, rubber, vegetables and paddy fields. They would also be introduced to villagers who were involved in entrepreneurial activities such as production of baulu, soy beans and hevea leaves. The well preserved, pollution-free Siputeh River with its clear waters represented an ideal place for tourism and recreation that could be commercialised in Kampung Sungai Siputeh. The tourists could relax and camped at the river as they enjoyed the fresh air and natural beauty of the unpolluted surroundings. (KK8: 7 January 2011)
Source: Official Portal of Selama District Council
The Selama Rural Tourism Project or Selama Homestay is one of the alternative efforts taken by the Rubber Smallholders Development Authority (RISDA) in mobilising the economic development of the community around Selama. It is in line with the 2010 objective of increasing the monthly income of smallholders to RM2,000 per family. Moreover, it has been the RISDA’s hope that the project will be beneficial to all levels of the community especially the lower income group in Selama District. The duties and responsibilities of developing the project are shouldered by the Selama and Krian District Smallholders Cooperative (KPK) which is one of its sources of income. In fact, KPK had also provided some initial investment as the basis to kick start the project.
One of the objectives of Selama Homestay Project is to become a role model for other villages in Malaysia as well as the commercialisation of the villagers’ activities through systematic and efficient management. The project also aims at improving the image of the village, building a caring society, changing the way of thinking and acceptance of new developmental ideas and at the same time, creating economic opportunities for the community. Considering that the natural beauty of the surrounding village areas have been maintained with the potential of commercialisation, RISDA takes the initiative to develop the area as Selama Rural Tourism or Selama Homestay. Various alternative packages are available to tourists staying at the Selama Homestay such as camping at Ladang Rusa, picnicking at the waterfalls, exploring the Bukit Merah tributaries and four-wheel drive expedition. Other alternative packages include visits to Bukit Merah Theme Park, Kuala Gula, Matang Mangrove Forest, Taiping Heritage Town, Raban Lake and Penang. (KK7: 3 November, 2010)
Source: Official Portal of Selama District Council
The splendour of Lata Tebing Tinggi Amenity Forest in Selama is truly unique, thus making it a tourist destination for local and foreign tourists. The journey here may seem short because travellers will be engrossed with the breathtaking view of rich vegetation and greeneries. As the road to the waterfall area is paved, it facilitates travel by cars or motorcycles. There is also a small signage right before the entrance to facilitate visitors who come here for the first time. The villagers are willing to point the direction to Lata Tebing Tinggi, uniquely fascinating to the nature’s enthusiasts.
The clear waters of the waterfall and the extensive area provide visitors with the opportunity to choose a favourite spot for picnic with family and friends. The chirping of the birds and fauna in the forest are bound to grab the attention of the visitors. For a more adventurous experience, visitors can explore the higher ground and savour the sight of the waterfall.
If one desires to experience personally the wonder of nature, a well-conserved flora and fauna and the cool cascading waterfall, visitors should visit Lata Tebing Tinggi Amenity Forest in Selama. Admission is free and visitors should be contented after picnicking and bathing there.