Local legends can be tourist magnets
PEHIN Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin bin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Awg Othman, the Minister of Home Affairs, yesterday called for more research to be conducted on local legends surrounding Bukit Tempayan Pisang in Kampong Kapok in order to promote the site to attract tourists.
He made the call when he officially launched the Bukit Tempayan Pisang Recreational Park.
The hill (Bukit Tempayan Pisang) and the caves in the area are a source of interesting folktales, which he said, could be researched and highlighted to tourists.
According to local legend, Bukit Tempayan Pisang derived its name from a battle over stones, which were said to have “magical” powers between mythical figures – Bunian princesses and the Guardian of Mount Kinabalu.
While the two caves – Radat Cave and Harimau Cave – located at the top of the hill are associated with equally interesting stories.