MIRI: A new landmark of Miri ― the Wireless Walk ― located along the North Yu Seng road was officially launched on Wednesday evening.
Present to officiate at the opening ceremony was Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
The 500-metre long walk project costing RM3.5million was completed at the end of last year.
The project was fully funded by the state government and was inspired by a commercial area at Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang, and Kuala Lumpur which houses 62 food and beverage stalls and kiosks.
Speaking to a crowd of nearly 1,000 people at the event, Abang Johari expressed his admiration for the response received from local traders and the public.
Seeing the potential of what the walk has to offer to visitors in and outside of Miri, Abang Johari suggested that a portion of the road (North Yu Seng road) could be close to traffic every weekend so it could become a recreational spot, similar to what he observed in Jakarta and Bandung, Indonesia.
“I believe it could help spur Miri’s tourism sector,” he said.
Abang Johari also emphasised the need to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance systems at the area to help monitor the public’s movement.
“On the cost, don’t have to worry about it. The state government can help fund the installations,” he said.
Also present were Abang Johari’s wife Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang; State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion; State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar; Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin; Tourism, Arts and Culture Assistant Minister Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew; Women, Family and Childhood Development Assistant Minister Rosey Yunus; Sibuti MP Lukanisman Awang Sauni; and state Cabinets ministers.