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Pahang-Delights Babbler , Issue #016 -- Pekan Fest 2007
June 21, 2007
Pahang-Delights Babbler, Issue #016 – What’s new! June 15, 2007

Adventures and Pleasures in the state of Pahang, Malaysia

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Issue #016 – June 15, 2007

Welcome to the 16th issue of Pahang-Delights Babbler.

But first, perhaps an apology for this late issue is in order.

Well, the school holidays and weddings, some minor renovations to the home, plus frequent internet connectivity problems from the ISP provider, were all responsible for the rather late issue of this month's Babbler.

But it's better to be late than never, right?

So here goes.

Contents: -

  1. Pahang Badminton Open 2007,
  2. Maran to be a center of honey jackfruit (nangka madu) Mastura
  3. Bintang Asli Remaja (Lagu Melayu Asli) competition
  4. Pekan Fest 2007
  5. Events in June 2007
  6. New pahang-delights webpages

1) Pahang Badminton Open 2007

National singles ace Lee Chong Wei won the Pahang Badminton Open title at the Pahang Indoor Stadium in Kuantan on 20th May 2007.

Fresh after winning the 2007 Indonesian Open, he took only 25 minutes to beat Kuan Beng Hong 21-14, 21-4 in the men's singles final.

In the men's doubles final, Ong Soon Hock-Tan Bin Shen disposed off Chew Choon Eng-Hong Cheng Hun 21-17, 21-10 in 21 minutes.

In the women's singles final, Anita Kaur defeated Julia Wong 21-4, 21-18 while the women's doubles was won by Chong Sook Chin-Amelia Anscelly who beat Anita Kaur-Julia Wong 21-19, 20-22, 23-21.

The mixed doubles was won by Lim Khim Wah-Ng Hui Lin after they defeated Chan Peng Soon-Haw Chiou Hwee 21-18, 21-13.

2) Maran - Center of Mastura Honey Jackfruit

The Minister of Agriculture, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin, said that the Maran District in Pahang will be made the "Production Valley" or center for the Mastura variety of honey jackfruit.

He announced that a further area of 1,000 hectares would be opened and planted with the fruit variety in the district, to meet local and export market demands.

This follows the success of the initial Projek Tanaman Nangka Madu at Kampung Ulu Luit in Maran which covered an area of 12 hectares, but the cultivated area is unable to meet the demands of the growing domestic and export markets.

Just for knowledge, a hectare planted with honey jackfruit trees can give an income of between RM2,000 - RM3,000 per month to the farmers.

3) Bintang Asli Remaja Competition

Ahh, the original traditional Malay songs - what sweet music and lyrics to the ears of fans.

Well, a state-wide competition to select the Pahang representative to the national Bintang Remaja Asli Competition was held in May in Kuantan.

The competition was jointly organised by the Pahang Culture, Arts and Heritage Department and RTM, and held at the Auditorium Taman Budaya.

Contestants were judged on vocals and presentation of two songs each of Lagu Melayu Asli (traditional Malay songs).

Mohd Safar Shah Alaudin, aged 22, a dancer with the state traditional dance troupe, emerged the winner in the male category, while Azilizah Abu Samah, also aged 22, an Akademi Seni student, won the women's title. They walked away with RM1,500.00 each.

4) Pekan Fest 2007

The five-day inaugural festival with the theme, Pekan Hebat Hebat Belaka was launched by HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah on May 30 with dazzling and colorful displays of fireworks.

A concert performed by some of the country's top artistes, including Datuk Siti Nurhaliza, Datuk Yusni Hamid, Khatijah Ibrahim, Ramli Sarip and Fauziah Latif, was also held at the launch.

About 300 booths were set up for the career expo, and activities during the five days included some daring paragliding show by the armed forces, a jazzercise, sports car parade, brass band performances, and paintball, futsal and golf tournaments.

The highlight was the water-sports activities at Ketapang Jetty where fast and powerful F3000, Topper Class and Nt Class powerboats raced through the Sungai Pahang (Pahang River).

A slower-paced but also very entertaining traditional boat race was also held at the jetty.

Needless to say, Pekan town was in fact jammed with cars and crowds during the five-day festival.

5) Events in June 2007 in Pahang

Two exciting nature-associated events will be held in Pahang in June as part of the festivities for Visit Malaysia Year 2007:-

To all enthusiasts, don't miss these dates to catch the thrills and excitements of the nature events.

6) The new Pahang-Delights webpages since the last e-zine are as follows: -

#1) Satay in Pahang

Satay is a special Malay delicacy made of small chunks of marinated meat poked into skewers and then grilled or burned over charcoal fire.

#2)Traditional Malay Wedding Videos

Take a look in this web-page on a few short traditional Malay wedding videos on the walk to the pelamin for the bersanding ceremony, and the wedding music and songs played by a kompang group.

Well, until next time, from me...

Terima kasih (thank you) and ... Selamat Datang (Welcome) to Pahang.

From : Mohd Yamin

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