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Langkawi International Shooting Range Malaysia (Lisram) To Enhance Activities To Attract Tourists
Posted date : 06-24-2009 Click : From : http://www.bernama.com

LANGKAWI, June 23 -- A proposal to turn the Langkawi International Shooting Range Malaysia (Lisram) into a tourist destination may soon become a reality after a conceptual paper was prepared and submitted to the Home Ministry.

Lisram manager Mohd Nor Arshad said the proposal to open the range to tourists who are keen to take part in shooting activities and upgrade the range would be submitted to the ministry soon.

"Just that currently, Lisram's calendar is full with various activities, especially training and competitions organised by various enforcement agencies," Mohd Nor told Bernama in response to former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's suggestion in his blog that Lisram be turned into a tourist spot.

Dr Mahathir had said that among the 2.3 million tourists to Langkawi annually, many among them might be interested in including shooting activities as part of their itinerary during the visit.

Mohd Nor said among enforcement agencies that regularly used Lisram were the Royal Malaysian Police, Royal Malaysian Navy, Customs Department and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.

National shooting coach Hashim Desa who is currently with the national squad that is undergoing training at Lisram as preparations for the Laos SEA Games in December and 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi said Dr Mahathir's suggestion can boost tourism in the Island.

A number of foreign teams like Austria, had used Lisram for their training before the Beijing Olympic Games in China last year, he said.

Meanwhile, Langkawi Amateur Shooting Association president Datuk Mansor Ismail suggested that procedures and regulations for using Lisram should be eased to encourage more tourists to the range.

Lisram, built at a cost of RM80 million in 1997 over a 202 hectare site, was part of venues built for the 1998 Commonwealth Games hosted by Malaysia, has state-of-the-art equipment and electronic scoring system and reputed to be the best shooting range in South East Asia.

The Lisram has been regularly used by the national shooters to prepare for major competitions like SEA, Asian, Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

It has facilities for Pistol, Rifle and Full Bore Rifle.