Abang Johari launches the New Norm Park witnessed by (from left) Deputy State Secretary Datuk Seri Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki, mayor of Kuching South Datuk Wee Hong Seng and mayor of Kuching North Datuk Junaidi Reduan.

KUCHING: The city’s latest attraction, namely the New Norm Park located adjacent to the Kuching City South Council (MBKS) building here was launched today.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari officiated at the park opening in conjunction with the 32nd Kuching City Day celebration.

The New Norm Park located just adjacent to the MBKS building. Photo: MBKS

The park located just besides the MBKS building is a tribute to the frontliners for their selfless contributions in battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

In addition, the park is aimed as a reminder of the movement control order (MCO) which was implemented to contain the spread of the virus.

Its design concept has a social distancing grid of 2m x 2m to encourage social distancing. A blue-coloured painted floor acts as a reminder on the importance of wearing masks and personal protection equipment (PPE).

Its reinforcement bars represent the isolation during the MCO apart from reinforcing shelter and safety.

An international symbol of protection and medical aid is expressed through a red cross painting on the ground as the central axis. A ring of yellow paint on the floor symbolises hope and positivity.

Oil drums are used as planter box to remind the public to look after the environment and in support of Sarawak government’s focus on environmental sustainability development.

Abang Johari also officiated at the MBKS’s Container Bus Stop located in front of SJK (C) Chung Hua No.3.

Recycling of the old shipping container is based on the 3R concept – Reduce, Recycle and Reuse.

The Container Bus Stop at Jalan Padungan.

The purpose is to reduce construction wastage. It is also to allow future adaptive reuse of the bus stop in other location or for other purposes.

The chief minister also officiated at MBKS’s augmented reality (AR) Pictorial Gallery inside the MBKS building.