SERIAN: The modern Serian Division administrative centre which houses various government departments and agencies under one roof will allow for effective delivery of services to the people here, especially the surrounding Bidayuh community.
“Today is a historical day for the Bidayuh community especially and the Sarawak community generally as we have launched such a unique and extraordinary complex,” said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He commended the circular structure of the building which he said illustrated connectivity and continuity, including the relationship between the government and the people.
“Today we are in a very beautiful complex in Serian with the baruk as a symbol of the unity of the Bidayuh people,” he said when declaring open the RM120-million office complex here on Saturday (Nov 27).
“The auditorium which is based on an architectural design that is synonymous with the Bidayuh community reflects the Bidayuh identity and also their unity in the pursuit of development,” he said.
He added that with the development of the RM89 million Serian Conference Centre behind the complex, there would be a lot of intellectual interactions to build up the Bidayuh community.
“Now it is about 40 percent completed and by next year it will be 100 percent completed,” he said.
Highlighting Serian’s development journey, he said this was a result of collaboration, cooperation, and unity from past to present leaders.
“Now we have our administrative centre and from here we can strategise how our development should be,” said Abang Johari, adding that the complex was equipped with technology and internet facilities.
He also expressed his hopes that the people would always be united and that the state government would have innovative plans for the future.
He shared that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had said that Sarawak was a model of the ‘Keluarga Malaysia’ (Malaysian Family) concept, which was why the prime minister had decided to hold the nationwide launch of the concept in Sarawak.
“Let us protect this quality that Sarawakians have during the coming election. We show to them that we are united,” he urged.
Meanwhile, Tebedu incumbent Datuk Amar Michael Manyin Jawong in his speech said the centre commenced operations on July 31 this year and housed 11 offices, departments and agencies.
He said these were headed by the Serian Division Resident’s Office and agencies such as District Office, Treasury Department, Public Works Department (JKR), Land and Survey Department (JTS), and so on.
“With the operation of the Serian Division administrative centre, it is hoped that the people will receive the best service delivery from the Sarawak government under one roof.
“This also proves the concern of the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government towards the people, especially in Serian Division,” said Manyin, who is also Education, Science and Technological Research Minister.