Dr Abdul Rahman (centre) with villagers on Friday.

KUCHING: The fishermen village of Kampung Salak has been identified as a tourist destination, Utilities Assistant Minister (Water Supply) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said.

The place has natural flush and beauty on its land and shores, being the only island in Kuching division, he said.

“This village is rich in natural resources at sea and on land. Salak is a suitable locality for tourism and the only island in Kuching,” Dr Abdul Rahman said.

He said this when met after performing his Friday prayer at the Darul Muslimin Mosque in Kampung Salak yesterday.

Dr Abdul Rahman who is also the Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) and Pantai Damai assemblyman said, to further strengthen the tourism sector, facilities in the village also need to be improved to attract tourists.

“So far there is an offshore in this village; if we want to attract outsiders we need to add more to this base,” he said.

The agricultural sector such as developing ‘madu kelulut’ (stingless bee honey), fertigation and hydrophonics are also very suitable for development in the village, he pointed out.

“JKKK (Village Safety and Development Commitee) and residents need to think of a suitable sector that can generate income for them.

“If possible, we need to bring government agencies to the village to see the potential of the (tourism) sector that can be developed,” he added.

Dr Abdul Rahman also encouraged locals to develop home stay activities and food stalls that provide seafood menus to meet the demand of tourists visiting the village.

Also present were village headman Abdul Wahid Mat and Santubong headman Suhaili Kifli.