Wednesday July 16, 2008 MYT 5:13:33 PM
It's Langkawi Permata Kedah now
By EMBUN MAJID
ALOR STAR: The legendary island of Langkawi has been renamed 'Langkawi Permata Kedah' (Langkawi, the Jewel of Kedah) as of Wednesday.
Kedah ruler Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah had consented to the change of name at the investiture ceremony held in conjunction with his Golden Jubilee Celebration on Wednesday.
The Sultan said that the new name was chosen so that international tourists would acknowledge Langkawi as being part of Kedah.
In line with the name change, Sultan Abdul Halim urged the state government to improve the ferry facilities at the Kuala Kedah terminal, which was the gateway to Langkawi.
“I hope that the state government will upgrade the facilities at the terminal to international standards as it is the main entrance to the island,” he said Wednesday in his keynote address during the investiture ceremony at Istana Anak Bukit here.
The new name would be used in place of ‘Langkawi Geopark’. It would also be used during official functions and printed on letterheads when introducing Langkawi to the world.