Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kuching Waterfront Heritage Trail Upgrading To Be Ready By Year-End

KUCHING -- The upgrading work on the Kuching Waterfront Heritage Trail here is expected to be completed by the year-end or the first quarter of next year, said Sarawak Housing and Urban Development Minister Amar Abang Johari Openg.

He said the RM25 million project, stretching from the Kuching Waterfront to the Brooke Dockyard and ending at the mouth of Sungai Bintangor, a tributary of Sungai Sarawak, involved a one-day walk that promised to showcase the state's racial and religious understanding and tolerance. (US$1=RM2.99)

"The tender is already out and the project's implementation is immediate," he told a news conference after chairing a meeting with the stakeholders of East Malaysia state of Sarawak's tourism industry, here, Tuesday.

He was tasked to look after the state's Tourism and Heritage Ministry by Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud until the state cabinet reshuffle when the porfolio became vacant following the defeat of its previous minister, Dr Geroge Chan in the April 16 state election.

The Brooke Dockyard, which was built during the Brooke era and had since moved to the Sejingkat industrial park, near here, will be transformed into a cultural centre while three electronic billboards, costing RM1 million each, will be installed along the river bank to provide an attractive ambience.

Abang Johari said that apart from providing locally-crafted "perahu bandung," the Kuching version of the gondolo for basking in front of Fort Margherita, which would target honeymooners, the ministry was also proposing that boat transport could be an alternative mode for conference delegates to reach the Borneo Convention Centre, Kuching (BCCK) at the Kuching Isthmus.

He said the trail would complement the ongoing RM50 million redevelopment project for the traditonal Malay villages on the opposite bank to be upgraded with modern infrastructure within the next seven to 10 years.

The Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) must embark on strategic marketing approaches, which should focus on cultural, adventure and nature (CAN) branding to attract tourists to the state, he added.

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