KAPIT: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing says Kapit can easily become the power boat racing centre in the future.
Masing said the Kapit Power Boat race has become increasingly popular among youths since it started five years ago.
“This event not only attracts Youths from all over Sarawak including Brunei, it also brings out the creativity in them as everyone will build better boats with better engine each year,” said Masing at the event on Sunday.
The event, Engine Pump Race or locally known as “Injin Pam”, uses a light weight boats powered by makeshift engines, while the boat is normally made from plywood or fibreglass, making cheap and affordable for many.
The racers are normally someone light and nimble, who can help to manoeuvre the boat at high speed, while some of these racers are as younger than 15 years old.
Masing also said, the power boat event in Kapit was mooted five years ago to bring youths together at one major event held in the district.
“There are many smaller events along the Rejang River, but I feel it was time to bring all of them into one place. Who know these youths can become professional power boat racers or even power boat engineers one day,” said Masing adding that the next anticipated event will be sometime in September. – dayakdaily.com