CM: Simunjan to have recreational park

Posted on : 09 Mar 2020  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari (standing front row, third left) and other GPS leaders pose with some of the youths who attended the townhall session.

KUCHING: The Sarawak government will build a recreational park in Simunjan as soon as a suitable location in the district has been identified, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Speaking to youths at the ‘Berambeh Ngan Abang Jo’ townhall session in Gedong, near Simunjan yesterday, he said he will discuss the details on the proposal with Batang Sadong MP Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri and Gedong assemblyman Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, to enable the project to be initiated as soon as possible.

“I agree with that idea. I will talk to your elected representatives to identify a suitable location for it,” he said when responding to a proposal from one of youths in attendance for the creation of a recreation park.

To another proposal, the chief minister also agreed to the setting-up of a trading spot or hawker centre for young entrepreneurs in Simunjan.

He also took note of another proposal to set up mini-vocational training centres in Simunjan for youths who are unable or could not afford to go to Kuching city to take up vocational training.

“I cannot promise you anything at the moment, but I will take note of this.

“But let’s say you have completed a diploma in vocational training, in a few years the roads from here (Simunjan) to Kuching will be very good, and you can commute to Kuching from here easily.

“In Kuching, you can further your studies at higher-learning institutions such as Centre of Technical Excellence Sarawak (Centexs) and Swinburne University Sarawak,” he said.

To a question, Abang Johari said an affordable housing project for the Simunjan B40 group is also in the pipeline.

He assured that an allocation has been approved and an area has been identified for the project, although he did not say when the project would be initiated.

“We will build basic houses on stilts with three bedrooms and two bathrooms for the B40 group at an affordable cost.

“When the occupants earn extra income, they can renovate the lower part of the house which is on stilts, to become a double-storey bungalow,” he said.