Coastline of Batu 1 will be transformed into an esplanade, says Lee
MIRI (March 13): The state government plans to turn the coast near a fishing village at Batu 1 in Kuala Baram here into an esplanade.
Transport Minister Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin said that once approved, it would become Miri’s second plaza, after Luak.
He said upgrading Batu 1 will not only turn the place into a recreational area to attract tourists, but also boost the economy of local people, especially fishermen.
Lee said this was due to the strategic location of Batu 1, which has a fisherman’s market and is very close to a fishing village.
He said this during the inauguration of a Bubuk festival organized by the Miri City Council (MCC) at the Batu 1 Fisherman’s Market in Kuala Baram yesterday.
Deputy Mayor Julaihi Mohamad was also present.
The two-day festival, which ends today, showcases various seafood products, especially those made from krill or “bubuk”, such as cencaluk (fermented krill), sambal bubuk, belacan (paste prawns) and others.
Lee said the festival would be another potential tourism product to hopefully attract more visitors to the city and boost the local economy.
“It is amazing to see that during the bubuk season here, many families, especially those living along the coast, go fishing for krill to earn extra income.
On a related topic, Lee said that once the construction of a RM20 million breakwater is completed at Batu 1, the safety of people and fishermen in the area will be ensured.
“Tourists can come and see how fishermen catch krill in the traditional way instead of using trawlers.
“We will also consider developing a cottage industry here with a focus on fish and krill products, such as belacan and cencaluk,” he said.