THE Changkat Fishermen’s Jetty in Jawi, Penang, is slowly becoming a popular aqua-tourism spot among domestic and international tourists.
To improve its appeal, the state government will spend RM800,000 to build a market, food stalls and homestay facilities there.
A storeroom and a slipway will also be built to make conditions more comfortable for the fishermen.
Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who was at the ground-breaking ceremony for the project, told Buletin Mutiara that the new facilities would play a role in giving the fishermen and their families a better livelihood.
The initiative is part of his ‘Jelajah Penang’ programme in Nibong Tebal.
“This project is under the jurisdiction of the Public Works Department. I hope it will be able to complete construction on time.
“I understand that the agency is in the process of hiring a surveyor,” Chow said in his speech.
State agrotech and food security, rural development and health committee chairman Dr Norlela Ariffin, who was also present, said the new facilities were expected to be completed next year.
Jawi assemblyman H’ng Mooi Lye said the Changkat Fishermen’s Jetty was considered one of the most popular in Penang due to its facilities as well as conducive environment.
“It was built by the Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia in 2008 for RM500,000.
“I thank the state government for the latest allocation to improve the facilities of this jetty,” H’ng said in his speech.