KUCHING: A boat backed by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing reached the podium in 12 power speedboat race category in Kanowit Fest yesterday.
His 12 power speedboat Athena 3 managed to secure him second place.
The speedboat race was the one of the highlights of the festival which has been held since 2003.
Machan assemblyman Allen Gramong, Ngemah assemblyman Alexander Vincent, Kapit MP Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, former Machan assemblyman Datuk Gramong Juna, Kanowit MP Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang and Bukit Goram assemblyman Jefferson Jamit Unyat were all present to watch the race.
This year, the event is held at Rajang Riverfront of Kanowit town.
Last year, the event attracted as many as 30,000 visitors and raked in RM1.5 million for local traders.
Masing who is also Infrastructure Development and Transportation Minister said Kanowit Festival has been ongoing since Sept 23 and will end with a grand finale event that will see the crowning of the Queen of Kanowit Fest tonight.