Friday, March 07, 2008

Aqua-tourism plan for Johor Village

The Johor government will make Kampung Parit Tiram near here a major oyster-producing centre for the region and turn the fishing village into a famous aqua-tourism spot.

Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said the village, located along Sungai Muar and not far from the town, had been producing world-grade oysters for years and had great economic potential.

Speaking to reporters, he said, besides oysters, the stretch of Sungai Muar from the village to the estuary was rich in semilang, siakap, barramundi and prawns.

“We plan to build boardwalk from the village to the estuary at Tanjung Emas and turn the riverbank into an esplanade.

First visit: Abdul Ghani (third from left), Bakri Umno division chairman Datuk Abdullah Ali (fourth from left) and Barisan candidate for the Bakri parliamenta ry seat, Tay Puay Chuan (fifth from left), being welcomed by a silat exponent in Kampung Parit Tiram on Tuesday.
“A comprehensive study on oyster cultivation and the boardwalk will be done soon,” he said during a visit to the village on Wednesday.

He said the village, one of the oldest in Bandar Maharani and opened before the town was founded in 1883, also had the potential to attract tourists.

Earlier, village representative and retired army captain Jailani Laham said Abdul Ghani was the first Mentri Besar to visit the village, although it was one of the oldest in the town.

He said the villagers had been supporting the Barisan Nasional Government and felt honoured by the visit.

Source : STAR
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