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Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the abundance of screw pines on the island could be used in the best possible way to produce handicraft of high quality. He said the ministry, through the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation (MHDC), would train residents in the island to make handicraft as a source of income.
Mohamed Nazri was met after visiting villagers on the island, which is one of the bigger islands in the Langkawi group of islands, who produced handicraft products, Monday.
He said instructors from MHDC would be send to train residents of Pulau Tuba, especially women, to produce handicraft of high quality.
According to Nazri, among the handicraft which had a market were mats, hats, food cover and boxes. "The ministry gives its assurance that it will buy the products produced, to be marketed. The residents here need not worry," he said.
Nazri said the ministry would also assist 21 homestay entrepreneurs on Pulau Tuba to boost their image to attract more foreign tourists.