MIRI: The launch of the Miri City Hall is a promise fulfilled on the part of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg to Mirians.
He said the building was in the pipeline for some time but was delayed due to the Miri City Council’s (MCC) budget constraints.
“This city hall has long been planned. What I did in 2018 was that I told them (MCC) to not use the council reserve funds. Instead the government would provide them with funds to build the city hall.
“I said as long as Miri wants it, I will give the funds to have the building and today, I have fulfilled my promise.
“This cost us RM92mil for the land and another RM70mil for the building. This city hall is a reflection of the close collaboration between the state and local government and citizens.”
He said this when officiating at the launch of the Miri City Hall here on Monday (Nov 15).
Abang Johari said the building symbolised the progress of Miri City as well as the unity among the people of different races and religions, and the prosperity enjoyed by locals.
He said Miri was a significant location and strategic to the economy in the northern part of Sarawak.
“This is not only in terms of oil exploitation but also the attraction it has for us to promote and drive the tourism industry, and that is why we call Miri a resort city.
“Once you call it resort city, then the environment must be a resort environment. Here, you have a building (the Miri City Hall) facing the South China Sea.
“It is a very attractive location and at the back, you have the landscape and the beautiful marina landscape.”
Abang Johari said a similar building would also be built for the Sibu Municipal Council.
“I’m sure Sibu also wants it, the people have requested for the building and I told them I approve the building. Meaning the main areas – Kuching, Sibu and Miri — they will have a city hall that reflects its progress.”