Master plan for urban drainage

KUCHING: Kuching’s drainage will see improvements, particularly around Padang Merdeka and Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) as part of the state government’s effort to develop the city in stages, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“We have a master plan for urban drainage. We will look at the urban centre and have proper drainage for Kuching,” he said at the 18th Kuching Inter-Cultural Mooncake Festival 2019 here, tonight.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (fifth left) cutting the cake to officiate at the 18th Mooncake Festival at Plaza Merdeka, Kuching. Photos: Mohd Alif Noni

On another note, he said there was a need to preserve Sarawak’s unique cultural harmony.

“We do not want those with extreme views to come to Sarawak and create issues in our harmonious lives.

“Here we even see the Chinese and Malays always meeting in coffee shops; they eat and drink together with no issues.”

“From young, we mix together regardless of race. That is the special character of the people of Sarawak — the respect is there,” he said.

Johari (right) taking a keen interest in the hornbill lantern upon his arrival at the festival venue.

The chief minister praised the successful hosting of the Kuching Inter-Cultural Mooncake Festival annually, stating that he had been associated with this event since its commencement during his time as the Minister of Tourism.

“Until today I give assistance to this event because it is very important in enhancing the good relationship between the various races in Kuching,” Abang Johari said.

Johari listens to the artist’s briefing about his artwork at the art exhibition site.

During the event, he along with the event’s organising committee members, including Sim Kiang Chiok and Amy Tnay Li Ping, walked along Carpenter Street, visiting the vast array of stalls lining the entire stretch.

Also present was Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.

Abang Johari and others visiting one of the vendors during the tour of the festival site at Carpenter Street.

Abang Johari (fifth left) and organising committee members Sim Kiang Chiok (sixth left), Amy Tnay Li Ping (seventh left), Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian (third left), committee members of the festival and others pose for a photograph during the tour of the festival site at Carpenter Street.