Giam Pasang: Picnic hotspot, fishing paradise in Belaga

A Mengalan fish caught in Abun Silun's fishing net at the Giam Pasang rapids. Photo credit: Abun Silun

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By Ling Hui

BELAGA, Aug 6: The Giam Pasang rapids, which is located upstream of the Belaga River, is a popular picnic hotspot and fishing paradise for local folks and visitors.

On hot days, one can ride a boat from the Belaga bridge to Giam Pasang, a perfect spot with fast waters and deep underwater pits teeming with freshwater fish like semah and mengalan.

Giam Pasang is said to be the last rapids before the Belaga River converges with the Rejang River.

‘Giam Pasang’ rapids in Belaga. Photo credit to Abun Silun

Community leader Temenggung Ajang Sirek told DayakDaily that Giam Pasang is a popular local landmark in Belaga, attracting many outsiders to fish and picnic there.

He said the rapids are half-an-hour away from the Belaga bridge by boat. Currently, there is no road or path leading to the rapids.

Ugak (left) and Ajang.

Meanwhile, Hulu Rajang MP Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong said the Sarawak government, through the Upper Rajang Development Agency (Urda), is going to build a new permanent bridge near the Giam Pasang rapids to attract more tourists.

The current Belaga bridge, he said, was built as a Jiwa Murni project and it serves only as a temporary bridge. — DayakDaily