Labuan Set To Be First Fishing Town; Big Impact On Residents, Traders

Labuan is rich in marine resources. – Photo courtesy of Alfred Molon

LABUAN: The coastal village of Kiamsam here has been allocated RM40 million by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, who intend to develop it into the country’s first Fishing Town within two years.

The allocation, included RM15 million for the resettlement of fishermen, and another RM3 million to build an electrical substation at the current Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority (LKIM) complex in Kiamsam.

Ahmad Shabery Cheek, its minister, said construction work on the second phase of the project, costing RM20 million, was expected to begin in the second quarter of this year.

“The allocation includes for provision of additional landing facilities through the construction and upgrading work at the complex including jetties to meet the needs of fishing entrepreneurs,” he said at the launch of the Fishing Town Blueprint and a meet-the-people session at the LKIM Complex Thursday.

He said the development of the area is expected to have an economic impact on the 3,000-odd residents and 500 traders and entrepreneurs there.

This will create a new fishing town which will balance the population density and traffic of Bandar Labuan, Bernama reported him as saying.

Ahmad Shabery said the first phase of the project, costing RM10 million, which involved the construction of basic fish landing components, was completed and fully-operational since last year.

He said the Blueprint for Kiamsam Fishing Town was in line with the ministry’s objective to develop a centralised comprehensive Fishing Town which is in line with the Labuan Blueprint 2018 launched by the Prime Minister recently.

We hope that the allocation for the fishermen’s resettlement is capable of providing the infrastructure facilities and a community hall, thus giving the fishing community a better quality of life, he said.

Ahmad Shabery said the project would hopefully boost the fishing industry there and provide about 1,000 new jobs to the community as well as create a modern fishing town, complete with various infrastructure facilities.

It is also expected to increase landing activities, thus creating an economic impact on all those involved in the fishing sector and industry in Labuan, he said.