Abdul Yakub (left) casts a net as a gimmick to mark the opening of Pesta Padaq Balingian 2019.

BALINGIAN:  The existing mini Balingian Waterfront will be extended to make the area more vibrant.

Balingian assemblyman Abdul Yakub Arbi said there have been efforts by the state government to extend the waterfront to the Tua Pek Kong area, but it will be done in a series of phases.

He also added that plans have been made to beautify the landscape, add more parking areas and upgrade the standard of public toilets in the area.

“The plan has been approved by the government and when it is fully completed, it will attract more visitors from outside,” he said when officiating at Pesta Padaq (Prawn Festival) Balingian 2019 here on Saturday.

He hoped that the local community would cooperate in maintaining the area so that it would always remain clean and orderly.

Abdul Yakub (left) casts a net as a gimmick to mark the opening of Pesta Padaq Balingian 2019.

Regarding the event, Abdul Yakub congratulated and thanked the organiser, Balingian Residents’ Committee (JKP) under the supervision of Dalat and Mukah District Council (MDDM), for their initiative in organising it.

He added they have made efforts to promote and make the festival an annual event not just for the locals, but also for others from outside to visit.

Organising chairman Sameon Yusuf in his welcoming speech said the inaugural festival was aimed at introducing Balingian, which is also known for its prawns.

Sameon, who is also MDDM councillor, requested Abdul Yakub to add Pesta Padaq into the Mukah Division tourism calendar.

He also requested that a prawn replica accompanied by the greeting ‘Welcome to Balingian’ be built here.