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Taking fishery to greater heights- September 13, 2017

TEMERLOH: The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry targets to produce aquaculture fish products valued at over RM270mil this year from Pahang, particularly Temerloh which is synonymous with the patin fish cage culture.

Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said so far this year, Temerloh had produced over 14,000 tonnes of various species of fish including patin and tilapia from its 2,018 cage culture units run by 283 operators.He also said freshwater fish from rivers contributed to 560 tonnes of landings valued at RM2.2mil as of July this year, of which 12.5 tonnes valued at over RM60,000 came from Temerloh.“Fish cage culture in Temerloh, practised since 2008, is one of the biggest and most successful in Malaysia, and has been the district’s trademark.“We want the production of Temerloh patin to rise to 20,000 tonnes by 2020,” he said.

He called on the fishermen and fish cage breeders in Temerloh to “move forward” and join the agro-tourism industry so they do not stagnate and only depend on fish sales.He said Temerloh was already known to tourists and located en route to several tourist destinations, making it a popular stopover for car club members and big bike enthusiasts.“The fishermen must grab the opportunities that come.“Tourists need a place to stay and eat and the younger generation, not just the tour operators, should think of taking them in boats on river trips.“But this has to be done well and in an organised manner so they will come back.“Think like an entrepreneur.

“Do not just think of breeding fish and selling them. Even then, you only sell here, at retail price.“The time has come for you to think of ways to develop the fish rearing business, such as selling them in the big cities.“Do not say that Kuala Lumpur is far because I see that when there are football matches, you can rent a car to go there. The mentality must change,” he said.Tajuddin added that his ministry would discuss with other relevant ministries to organise international fishing competitions in the district as a way of promoting Temerloh and its fishes.

He said this after a get-together and distribution of Touch Point aid to Temerloh fishermen.At the event, he presented fish feed worth RM187,000 to 125 fish breeders as well as a special El Nino aid of RM47,000 to 94 entrepreneurs affected by the disaster.

He also announced the donation of two bucket reels costing RM360,000 and the construction of a RM200,000 cold room for breeders to store freshwater fish.“The ministry will also build a new fish nursery costing about RM150,000 and improve the existing nursery in Kampung Pangsenam, estimated to cost RM28,000.“With so many amenities and assistance provided, there is no excuse for fishermen not to progress because what is important is our willingness to work and aim high so that our fish industry is on par with that of other countries,” he said.

Pahang tourism and culture committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsudin was also present at the event. — Bernama

MATTA Fair to attract 120,000 visitors- September 9, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) Fair September 2017 is expected to attract 120,000 visitors and achieve RM220mil in sales. MATTA president Datuk Tan Kok Liang said this during the first day of the fair at Putra World Trade Centre here. “People still travel despite economic concerns, be it domestic or international,” he said, adding that foreign arrivals into the country has increased, particularly from China.

He noted a growth of 7.8% tourists from China this year from January to May compared to the same period last year.MATTA returns for its 44th edition, bringing great travel choices through value-for-money domestic and international packages.The three-day event, which opened yesterday, features 1,314 booths in seven halls, occupying 29,000sq m exhibition space.Some 234 booths are accommodated in two halls for domestic products and services along with state tourism organisations while the rest is allocated for the international tour and travel holiday packages including 13 national tourism organisations.

Muslim travellers can also find a variety of umrah packages catered to the pilgrims’ schedule and budget at the Umrah Pavilion located at Hall 1M, housing 51 booths.Those who spend a minimum RM300 for an international travel package or RM100 for domestic travel package will be entitled to be in the running to win lucrative pri­zes through the Matta Fair Buyers’ contest. Online registration for the contest can be made at the foyer of Halls 2 and 3.Visitors to the fair are advised to take public transportation to avoid heavy traffic and parking issues.

The fair is open from 10am to 9pm until tomorrow. Admission is RM4 per person while it is free for children aged below 12.


Raub’s Musang King durians popular in China - August 22, 2017

RAUB: All parties should work together to promote local produce to penetrate overseas market, said Pahang Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman Tan Sri Lam Kam Sang.

He said Musang King durian species from Raub district was one such product which attracted huge interest.

“Musang King has received many good reviews from foreign visitors, especially Chinese tourists.

“They find the king of fruits from Raub very unique and delicious.

“We have brought many representatives from the Chinese trade mission here to savour the fruit and they have pledged to help promote it back home,” he said during a dinner gathering in Sungai Ruan here with some 2,000 guests.

The Chinese new village is now the official home turf for the district’s renowned Musang King species.

It will also be promoted as Malaysia’s eco-tourism destination to attract both local visitors and foreign tourists in conjunction with the ongoing Visit Pahang Year 2017.

Present to witness the “double trademark” occasion were China’s economic and commerce attaché in Malaysia Shi Ziming, the Chinese embassy third secretary Zhai Yi Bo, MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun, Pahang executive councillor Datuk Seri Shahiruddin Ab Moin and Raub MCA leaders such as Datuk Chan Choon Fah, Datuk Lim Nget Yoon, Datuk Wong Teik Weng, Ng Leap Pong and Khoo Foo Ping.

Lam, who is also Pahang MCA deputy chairman and Raub MCA division chief, said he was told during his recent visits to China that many provinces were awaiting Malaysia’s king of fruits.

“I dare say durian from Raub is among the best in the country due to the climate and natural surroundings.

“Many Chinese told me that they were hoping to come to Raub to taste the fruit in the orchard during the season,” he said, adding that farmers should seize the opportunity to capture and expand market penetration in China.

Lam also urged the state government to help promote Raub district and its places of interest to boost economic growth for the locals.

Calling it a win-win situation, Lam said the participation of Malaysia in China’s Belt and Road initiative was a good platform to further boost socio-economic ties.

“I am leading a delegation to Shanghai from Nov 13 to 20 to take part in a food and beverage exposition. Let us all work together to promote our species of durians there,” he said, urging farmers and land owners to join him on the trade mission.


Profits from hotel to be used to help the poor - August 22, 2017

KUANTAN: All profits from the renamed Grand Darul Makmur Hotel will go towards helping the eight categories of asnaf; which include the poor and the needy.

Formerly known as MS Garden Hotel, the renaming of the hotel marks the full ownership of the Majilis Ugama Islam dan Adat Resam Melayu Pahang (MUIP) which began paying for the hotel in instalments since 2012. MUIP deputy president Datuk Seri Wan Abdul Wahid Wan Hassan said 100% of the profits made from the hotel will go to the asnaf through MUIP.

“This is a huge increase as previously only 10-15% of the profits would go to asnaf. “In addition, the full monthly rental of RM220,000 for the hotel that is paid by MUIP Hotel to MUIP, will now also go to the asnaf,” said Abdul Wahid after the renaming ceremony at the hotel here.

Pahang Regent Tengku Mahkota Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, who officiated the ceremony, said the RM55mil purchase of the hotel will bring many benefits to MUIP. “The hotel has brought benefits like creating jobs, a halal certification for the restaurants, profits from the rental and also increase the value of the hotel over time,” said Tengku Abdullah. “The hotel is also located in the centre of Kuantan city and will continue to bring benefits and also be the economic strength of Muslims in the city.” He added that the name of Grand Darul Makmur will also bring many potential business opportunities in the future. “The decision by MUIP to manage the hotel is also spot on, where with full ownership they can run the hotel according to their policies,” he said. Tengku Abdullah also hoped the state government will be proactive in promoting tourism to attract more visitors to Pahang.


Sungai Ruan named home of Musang King - August 14, 2017

RAUB: The Sungai Ruan new village here will now be synonymous with the district’s renowned Musang King durian.The village is being promoted as Malaysia’s eco-tourism destination in conjunction with the ongoing Visit Pahang Year 2017.China’s economic and commerce attache in Malaysia Shi Ziming was present to launch the “double trademark” during a dinner gathering before nearly 2,000 guests, visitors and villagers on Saturday.In her speech, Shi said China and Malaysia share close bilateral ties and with the Belt and Road initiative, this socio-economic cooperation could be further strengthened.

 She pointed out that Chinese President Xi Jinping had sampled the Musang King in 2013 during his official visit to the country and found the fruit “tasty and extraordinary”.

“This species of durian definitely has the potential to go big and create a niche market in China,” she said.MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said that several years ago, the price of Musang King was about RM5 to RM12 per kilo but it’s up to RM100 per kilo now.“This helps to raise the income of farmers and boost economic growth for the people of Raub.“Musang King will now be an icon for Sungai Ruan to attract more visitors,” she said.Event organiser Pahang Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Indus­try chairman Tan Sri Lam Kam Sang said he would be leading a delegation to Shanghai in November to take part in a food and beverage exposition.

Pahang executive councillor Datuk Seri Shahiruddin Ab Moin said the state government would give its full support.He said Raub’s Musang King is the best in the world.


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