RM7mil to restore Sungai Lembing’s old attractions

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 27 Mar 2004

KUANTAN: Efforts will be made to restore the historical attractions of Sungai Lembing town, which was once known as a tin mining centre. 

Newly-elected Kuantan MP Datuk Fu Ah Kiow said about RM7mil had been allocated under the Eighth Malaysia Plan to implement various tourism projects in the town. 

This included work to improve the Sungai Lembing Museum, restoration of the local cinema and reviving a 100m-deep mining tunnel for tourism purposes. 

Fu said about 193,000 people visited the newly-completed Sungai Lembing Museum, which was housed in the former palace of Sultan Abu Bakar. 

Museum and Antiquities Department director-general Datuk Dr Adi Taha (centre) briefing Fu (left) during his visit to the Sungai Lembing Museum Friday.

“We want to promote eco-tourism in Sungai Lembing and also to educate the people about its history,” he said after visiting the museum yesterday. 

The Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah, will open the museum in May. 

Fu said among the efforts made to re-introduce Sungai Lembing as a tourist attraction was to upgrade the road leading to the entrance of the old mine. 

Asked about the upgrading of the road leading to Sungai Lembing from Kuantan, Fu said studies had been done and the Government would look into it as soon as possible.  

Costs of upgrading and raising the height of certain stretches of the road were estimated at RM12mil. 

Roads leading to Sungai Lembing are often flooded during rainstorms in November or December. Recently, Sultan Ahmad Shah had stated that he would request the Federal Government to look into upgrading the road.  

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