KUCHING: The quiet fishing village of Kampung Santubong is a treasure trove of cultural and historical interest.
Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and Kuching North City Commission) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi said the existence of the Wallace Centre was proof that the village had many treasures and also stored many old artefacts.
“The Wallace Centre was the residence of renowned scientist Alfred Russel Wallace for two years during his previous adventures in Sarawak,” he said during his visit to the village on Tuesday (July 13).
Dr Abdul Rahman, who is Pantai Damai assemblyman, said sites near Kampung Santubong also had various old stones and human carvings.
“Bongkissam and Bukit Maras are the sites of old temples,” he said, adding that the existence of many ancient artefacts suggested Kampung Santubong was the focus of traders from mainland China, the Middle East and India.
Meanwhile, during a separate visit to Kampung Buntal on the same day, the Utilities (Water Supply) assistant minister said the completion of the boundary project was a relief to the villagers.
He said the RM640,000 project involved the construction of a 141-metre boundary to strengthen the existing embankment.
He pointed out that the project was very important to prevent roads in the area from collapsing due to erosion caused by sea overflows and high tides.
“This is a people-centric project fully funded by the Sarawak government. Previously, there were frequent floods and damage to the villagers’ crops because of seawater overflows in residential areas,” he said.
He said this after visiting the boundary structure improvement project with officers from the Irrigation and Drainage Department (DID).
Dr Abdul Rahman said the project was also important to enable the villagers, mostly fishermen, to organise their boats.