ROMPIN: The Kuala Rompin jetty will be upgraded to benefit local boat operators and tourists, said Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pix) on Thursday.
The Transport Minister said presently, about 40 to 50 boats were operating at the old and unkempt jetty.
Liow said their predicament was brought to his attention when he visited the area.
“These operators are bringing local and international anglers to the sea for billfishing activities.
“Rompin is famous for this unique hobby which attracted many foreign visitors yearly,” he said.
Liow said to bring in even more visitors, the jetty needed to be rebuilt and upgraded with better facilities.
He said an allocation would be sought from the Federal Government for this purpose.
“We would work together with the state government to create more economic opportunities for the people.
“This is our commitment and we would assist the locals and boost the tourism sector in Rompin,” he said.
On a separate matter, Liow said Rompin farmers were also seeking his help to expand their farms.
He said the fruits and vegetable produce were mostly for the export market.
“We would talk to the state government to increase the area for permanent food production.
“This will help boost economic activities and export for the country,” he said.
Liow, who is the MCA president, was in town to help campaign for Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Hasan Arifin in the Rompin by-election.
He said most people he met on his rounds knew Hasan and were at ease with him.
“I hope they will give him support to bring more developments to Rompin.
“Hasan is very determine and sensitive to the needs of the people here,” he said.
MCA will continue to gather feedback and engage the people ahead of polling on May 5.
Other leaders who were present to lend support were Wanita MCA chief Datuk Heng Seai Kie, Pahang MCA chief Datuk Hoh Khai Mun, MCA Youth secretary-general Datuk Leong Kim Soon, Kuantan MCA deputy chief Datuk Andy Chiew, Pahang MCA organising secretary Datuk Seri Lee Jin Xian and Rompin MCA division chief Fong Kon Chu.
Hasan will face Nazri Ahmad of PAS in a straight fight.
The seat fell vacant after incumbent Tan Sri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis was killed in a helicopter crash with five others on April 4 near Semenyih.-thestar