Malaysia – One of the many waterfalls in Tasik Kenyir, which is being promoted by Terengganu as a major tourist attraction and duty-free lake, is to be reserved for women tourists only.

The people handling boats going to that waterfall and the security personnel for the area would all be women, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said.

This arrangement is being made to meet a special request from women tourists from West Asia, he told reporters after launching the month-long Kenyir Festival 2014, which will be on until May 29 at Pengkalan Gawi at the lake.

Ahmad said the specially-designated area was one of the Terengganu government’s efforts to promote the lake as a unique international tourist attraction.

From September next year, Tasik Kenyir will also be the first duty-free lake in the world.

Ahmad said the government had thus far spent about RM300 million to develop the lake into a tourism attraction and duty-free area.

He said projects already completed included providing electricity to the Pulau Bayas duty-free site by extending the cables a further 22km, at a cost of RM33 million.

Several islands in the lake area had also been developed and work is now in progress to build the main jetty on Pulau Bayas, at a cost of RM70 million.