Friday, September 05, 2014

Sarawak allocated RM45 mln for tourism products


Ministry of Tourism and Culture deputy secretary general Rashidi Hasbullah said this amount is considered high for any state.

He said the ministry also allocated RM42.31 million for heritage projects nationwide.

“Of the allocation, only RM2.3 million has been spent so far. Therefore, Sarawak can apply for the fund if there are other historical sites or buildings that need to be conserved,” he said before handing over the newly restored Fort Margherita to Ministry of Social Development principal assistant secretary Sebastian Sujang yesterday.

Rashidi pointed out that the Fort Margherita conservation project was approved under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) while the state could bid for more funds under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP).

He said the vicinity of Fort Margherita could be further beautified to attract both local and foreign visitors.

Apart from the RM2.3 million Fort Margherita project, the ministry through its National Heritage Department also approved RM4.1 million to construct a walking path along the Kuching Waterfront up to Kampung Sourbaya.

Rashidi also handed over the completed walking path project to Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) during the simple ceremony.

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