New facilities to boost popular fishermen’s jetty in Jawi


THE Changkat Fishermen Jetty in Jawi is slowly becoming a popular aquatourism spot among local and international tourists in the state.


Further good news was shared with the folk there today after the state government had announced the approval of RM800,000 to build a new market (selling marine products), food stalls, toilets, homestay, storeroom and a slipway for the fishermen to use.


Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, who was present during the groundbreaking ceremony, said the new facilities would also play a key role in giving the fishermen and their families a better livelihood in the future.


Chow was there to officiate the ceremony as part of his ‘Jelajah ❤️ Penang’ programme in Nibong Tebal today.


“Today marks a very special day for all the fishermen here at Changkat Jetty as they will soon be able to enjoy comfortable facilities while doing their fishing activities.


“This project is under the jurisdiction of the Public Works Department (JKR).


Chow (fourth from left) posing with other state representatives and others during the event.


“As the immediate agency responsible for this project, it is hoped that JKR will be able to complete the construction of the facilities within the given time frame.


“This is because the jetty here is gaining a lot of attention, be it from local or international tourists. Hence, there is a need to provide new facilities for the people.


“I am made to understand that the agency is in the process of hiring a surveyor at the moment,” Chow said during his speech before officiating the groundbreaking ceremony in Jawi today.


State Agrotech and Food Security, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman Dr Norlela Ariffin, who was present too, said the new facilities were expected to be completed next year.


Also present was Jawi assemblyman H’ng Mooi Lye, who said the Changkat Fishermen Jetty is considered one of the most popular fishermen’s jetties in Penang due to its existing facilities and its calm and breezy environment.


“Built by the Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia in 2008 for RM500,000, this jetty is very different from how it was 15 to 20 years ago.


“I would like to thank the state government for its continuous support through various initiatives in the past, including the latest allocation to further accelerate the outlook of this jetty,” H’ng said during his speech.


Story by Kevin Vimal
Pix by Ahmad Adil Muhammad

Video by Noor Siti Nabilah Noorazis