Sabak Bernam, famous for its picturesque landscape and rich agricultural heritage offers tourists off-the-beaten-path adventures.
With the aim to promote eco-tourism in the district, Selangor Menteri Besar Incorporated (MBI) is organising Ban Canal Carnival 2023 from Dec 8 to 10.
Its chief executive officer Norita Mohd Sidek said Selangor MBI was spearheading the rejuvenation of Sabak Bernam under the Sabak Bernam Development Area (Sabda) initiative.
Norita added that RM500,000 was invested in the carnival, inclusive of general area improvements, as part of efforts to enhance the Ban Canal, a key infrastructure asset in Selangor.
Ban Canal, also known as ‘Bangkenal,’ was constructed collaboratively by villagers and the British during the colonial era.
This 30km canal, which originates in Tanjong Karang and flows into Sabak Bernam, serves as an irrigation system to supply sufficient water for padi fields.
Over time, it has also become a recreational destination, showcasing the resilience and adaptability of the local community.
Norita said the carnival promises to be fun-filled and raise environmental awareness.
“Our efforts are in collaboration with Sabak Bernam District Council (MDSB) and Selangor Canoe Association (SCAN).
“This community carnival aims to showcase the cultural and natural treasures of the area while emphasising sustainable tourism practices.
“Many events will be held from tours and marathon kayaking to innovative boat design competitions.
“The events promote eco- friendly principles that tell of the people’s commitment to protect the waterways.”
Other activities includes a decorated raft competition along with colouring and cooking contests.
Adding local colour will be a padi field run aptly named “Larian Bendang” where participants don farmers’ costumes for a unique running experience along the padi fields.
“The carnival promises an exhilarating experience with a total prize pool of RM50,000 awaiting winners.
“A wide selection of Sabak Bernam’s unique food will be showcased too,” added Norita.
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