Monday, April 24, 2006

Miri as centre for tourist attraction and educational excellence

By George Francis

MIRI - Sarawak Chief Minister says Miri city will attract a lot of people alongside the 'Greater Miri Master Plan 2020' which focuses on creating an educational centre of excellence and tourism attractions.

Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said Miri has already met the criteria of a city status with all the infrastructure laid out and the structural plan readily to accommodate the expansion. He said the city is already attractive enough with the attainment of city status on May 20 last year and in 'the making' for expansion from every corner, including sea reclamations.

Miri, as being claimed as the gateway to hinterland, should consolidate and enhance its economy and integrate with the development of the region, he said. Taib was closing a seminar "Preparing for the Future: A Greater Miri 2020" organised by Miri City Incorporated.

"It is now more difficult to achieve, not in the form of infrastructure but how to exploit all the development, new ventures and commercial undertakings to be added to Miri and to fine-tune them by all sectors."

He said the city is poised for 2020 with the 'happening team' of elected representatives, headed by Tan Sri Dr George Chan to carry out more development programmes.

The alluring prospects, he said, besides having the standard of housing like in Australia, Miri must be a safe place with friendly people toward tourists and applying the systematic healthy city concept.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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