Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tourism plan for Sarawak's 'most beautiful district'

LUNDU: SERENE beaches and lush green mountains have always attracted visitors to this district in the  western tip of Borneo.

Aside from its natural surroundings, the district here is also famous for its freshly made fish crackers.

The state government has come up with a master plan, called the Bau/Lundu Coastal Development Plan, to develop the area here into a tourism and aquaculture district in the next 10 years.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said the plan would stretch from Bau and all the way to here and Sematan.

"The plan is ready and the district here is its main concentration. However, real work will begin only after further studies next year.

"This will be done in stages," Taib said recently.

The district covers 1,916 sq km, which is larger than Malacca.

However, its population is only 35,000.

The first white Rajah, James Brooke, made a stop here from Singapore in 1839. In his memoirs, Spencer St John mentioned Lundu as the most beautiful district in Sarawak.