KUCHING: The establishment of Bandar Baru Matu, when completed will benefit the local residents and improving their economy, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.
In this regard, he has requested that the design of the new town be changed to ensure that it can benefit the community there.
“It is unnecessary to build a sophisticated, multi-storey building if the community’s ability does not reach there. Over time, the goal of helping the local community will not be achieved.
“That’s why we changed the design. What is important is that this facility is there and it can be a driving force for our community to do business,” he said during a visit to the Bandar Baru Matu Development Project last Wednesday.
He said development in coastal areas has always been the main agenda of the state government since under the administration of former Chief Minister Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
As such, he said coastal areas are now actively receiving various infrastructure developments such as electricity, water and telecommunications.
Meanwhile, during a visit to the site of the new Kuala Matu mosque, Awang Tengah said the mosque project when completed, will be able to accommodate 1,200 devotees and also equipped with an observatory.
“We hope that this will be completed according to the schedule and will benefit the people. The allocation for the mosque is worth RM11.3 million,” he said adding works are currently ongoing and is scheduled for completion by July.
On the Kuala Matu beach coastal erosion mitigation project, Awang Tengah said it will commence shortly.
He said the project, which costs RM8.8 million is in its first phase for the beautification of Kuala Matu beach. He added the second phase will be adding hawkers stalls as well as recreation facilities.
He added the third phase will cost RM5 million which will include a rest house facility for the use of the public.