LUNDU: The Tanjung Datu International Open Sea Fishing Competition will be organised beginning next year to attract foreign visitors to Sematan.
Tanjung Datu assemblywoman Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu said the proposed international competition will be aggressively promoted to ensure that the plan become a reality.
“Tanjung Datu Open Sea Fishing Competition will be listed in the tourism calendar and included in the Sematan Festival programme next year.
“This year we organised the event on a moderate scale but next year if there are sponsors we will open it to international level. This will make the festival much merrier.
“The competition is to remember “Tok Nan” – the 5th Chief Minister of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem who is a fishing enthusiast himself, “she said when officiating at the Sematan Festival 2017 yesterday.
Jamilah disclosed that a total of RM24,000 in prize money was given to sponsor this year’s fishing competition.
A total of 140 anglers participated in the Tanjong Datu fishing competition which ended yesterday.
Jamilah said she did not expect such huge number of visitors to Sematan this year despite the moderate preparation for the festival.