Monday, December 22, 2008

A boost for Sungai Pahang

Friday December 19, 2008
A boost for Sungai Pahang
By ROSLINA MOHAMAD

KUANTAN: Efforts have been made to promote Sungai Pahang and its 329km route as a tourist product due to its historical and cultural values.


Scenic sight: A file picture of rafters on Sungai Pahang.

State Tourism, Arts and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Shafiq Fauzan Sharif said two major events were organised this year that highlighted the charm of the longest river in the peninsula.

”The events were the International Rafting Expedition that was held in April and May and Tasik Bera-Tasik Chini 4x4 vehicle and kayak expeditions in August.

”Through these programmes, Sungai Pahang was introduced as a location with recreational, historical, heritage and eco-tourism appeals,” he said here recently.

He added that such efforts should be continued and merged with other tourist destinations so that these places remained sustainable for a long time.

On the international rafting expedition, Shafiq Fauzan said the event was started in 2001 and various researches on cultural, heritage, historical figures, traditional food and tourism products had been conducted.

”The information collected has been documented and published.

”The younger generation can benefit from these records as some of these contain facts and figures about local warriors such as the famous fighter Mat Kilau and his struggles against colonialism in Lubuk Terua, Pasir Tambang and Pulau Tawar,” he added.

In organising the rafting expedition, the state government was promoting various homestay programmes that were available along the river route as well as diversified water sports activities, he said.

Another charm of Sungai Pahang is its natural wonders.

Specific programmes had been outlined to promote the many fascinating features such as the National Park, Rimba Kenong State Park and Gunung Senyum, he added.

Shafiq Fauzan said the Drainage and Irrigation Department also took measures to ensure that the river remained in pristine condition.

One of these was the setting up of a river management committee chaired by the Mentri Besar while its members comprised representatives from related government departments and agencies, he added.

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