ROMPIN, Pahang - More can be done to develop Rompin as it is a strategic area for tourism and agriculture, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
He said there was potential to develop agrotourism as there are plenty of beautiful orchards and vast expanses of paddy fields in the district.
On fisheries and tourism, Liow said there were several jetties in Rompin that could be upgraded to increase their capacity.
"Some of these jetties are in need of repairs, and I am committed to the upgrading of the jetties, especially at tourism sites so that they can further serve the needs of the people and enhance the industry," said Liow after visiting the Chinese and orang asli communities in Muadzam Shah here yesterday.
Liow said the promotion of sailfishing itself had managed to attract enthusiasts from all over the world to come to the district.
He said that 50 boat operators had sought help to build a marina-type floating jetty that is nearer to town.
"We are waiting for feedback from the operators after meeting local MCA leaders to identify the sites.
"Once we get the proposals, a feasibility study will be carried out.
"The Government will support this project to further boost the tourism in Rompin," he said, adding that some 30 visitors would hire boats to go sailfishing daily.
"They include Malaysians and those from Singapore, Japan and the United States."
Earlier, Liow, who is also MCA president, paid a visit to an orang asli village in Kampung Gadak together with other party leaders to campaign for Barisan candidate Datuk Hasan Arifin.
Liow said the village was fully equipped with all the basic amenities including a community hall.
"The villagers want more sports and recreational facilities such as a futsal court.
"Our MCA branch which is located not far away will help submit their requests to the relevant authorities."
Liow added the people of Rompin had requested for more land for agriculture. "I am impressed by the commitment of the different communities who work together at large farms here. Even then, they still feel that they have a lot more to offer.
"They are requesting the state to allocate more agricultural land so that they can produce more food for the nation," he said.
Liow said the by-election was important for Barisan Nasional to continue its agenda for development, and also for MCA to carry on serving the community.
"Even though the number of Chinese voters in Rompin is small, their votes can give us strength to continue to deliver.
"This by-election can also prove a point to PAS that their hudud plan is not supported by the community."