Tourism plan for Sarawak's 'most beautiful district'
NATURAL BEAUTY: Lundu, bigger than Malacca, to be turned into tourist, aquaculture centre
LUNDU: SERENE beaches and lush green mountains have always attracted visitors to this district in the western tip of Borneo.
Aside from its natural surroundings, the district here is also famous for its freshly made fish crackers.
The state government has come up with a master plan, called the Bau/Lundu Coastal Development Plan, to develop the area here into a tourism and aquaculture district in the next 10 years.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said the plan would stretch from Bau and all the way to here and Sematan.
"The plan is ready and the district here is its main concentration. However, real work will begin only after further studies next year.
"This will be done in stages," Taib said recently.
The district covers 1,916 sq km, which is larger than Malacca.
However, its population is only 35,000.
The first white Rajah, James Brooke, made a stop here from Singapore in 1839. In his memoirs, Spencer St John mentioned Lundu as the most beautiful district in Sarawak.
Blessed with lush green mountains, cascading waterfalls, pristine white sandy beaches with clear blue water and islands dotting the coastline, Lundu also played a pivotal role in moulding the state's governance.
It became a training ground for expatriates to familiarise themselves with local customs and tradition. Charles Brooke was believed to have spent some time here before he was proclaimed as the second Rajah.
Lundu was a part of Sarawak that was ceded to James Brooke in 1841 by the Brunei sultan. The district was officially established in 1877.