Pahang isn’t just a state rich in natural resources. It also has several rivers, of which one is the longest river in Peninsular Malaysia, the Pahang River. The origins of this river is said to have been based on the geographical factor that it was connected to a part of the North Sunda River with tributaries from the Mekong River in Vietnam, Chao Phraya in Thailand, the Rajang and the Baram rivers in Sarawak. The blessings the people of Pahang gained from this river are unequivocal, from daily essentials to communication. The rivers of Pahang, like the Pahang River, Kuantan River, Bebar River, Rompin River, Endau River, Tembeling River, Jelai River, Semantan River and their tributaries were the main nexus of communication and transportation to all the neighbouring states of Selangor, Perak, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Johor and Terengganu. The river routes also played a part in the spread of Islam within the region.
Rivers like the Jelai River, Duri River and Tembeling River also witnessed the rise and fall of the warriors of Pahang, like Dato’Bahaman, Mat Kilau, Mat Lela and others who fought against the British colonists. Their expertise and first-hand knowledge of the river made communication, attack and defense strategically possible. This in turn made them formidable foes against the British, who at that time were well-equipped with armaments but had no in depth knowledge of the river. The rivers of Pahang are also used for water sports. In Temerloh, rafting was popularized in 1992. Several agendas for the sport were competitions on decorating the rafts, and river rafting from Lubuk Kawah until the former jetty area in Temerloh. To this day, the river rafting competition is an annual event held by the Pahang Tourism Board. The rivers of Pahang still play a significant role in the lives of the people, especially those who live in the rural areas, and that is why it goes without saying that the importance of the rivers of Pahang cannot be denied.