Wednesday, 9 August 2017

(The Star) RM6.3mil complex in Kuala Pahang a boost for locals

PEKAN: The Kuala Pahang Medan Ikan Bakar, another project under the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC), will give the fishing village a new vibrant look.

Built at a cost of RM6.3mil, the construction of the complex began in February 2015 and was completed in May last year, following the idea mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who is also the MP for Pekan.

The complex, which has been in operation since Aug 1, has more than 12 retail areas, comprising four restaurants, four stalls and four seafood processing factories, with more than 100 job opportunities for the locals as well as helping to create more rural entrepreneurs.

Various seafood-based products are also being sold at the complex including baked fish, ‘satar’ and crackers as well as other traditional dishes such as ‘laksa gebok Pahang’, ‘kulai pais’ and ‘nasi kerabu’.

Kuala Pahang village chief Hassan Mohamed Sukor said the complex located about 55km from Pekan town would provide one of the best platforms to help boost the income of the locals, of whom 70 per cent are fishermen.

“With more than 70 per cent of the 3,000 Kuala Pahang residents comprising fishermen, Medan Ikan Bakar would provide opportunities for the people to generate more income.

He said indirectly, the complex would be able to popularise Kuala Pahang and the fishing village as one of the tourist destinations with facilities provided including water taxis.

Meanwhile, local resident Nor Jasinawati Ahmad, 41, one of the traders at the complex, believes its location on the banks of Sungai Pahang with a scenic backdrop would be an added attraction for visitors.

Meanwhile, Serambi Bandar Pekan-Kuala Pahang promotional programme coordinator Muhammad Anas Aziz said various facilities had been planned to help promote the Kuala Pahang Medan Ikan Bakar.

“We will have a water taxi soon to ferry visitors from Serambi Pekan to Medan Ikan Bakar Kuala Pahang along 10 man-made islands which are rich in various species of birds and wildlife in the state,” he said.

Apart from restoration works on the existing jetty costing RM165,000, there will be a children’s corner with rental facilities of ATV, scooter, roller blades and many other interesting recreational activities. — Bernama