NSJA project to celebrate Miri’s 16th anniversary

NSJA president Andy Jong (left) and Chai (second from left) inspecting work at the project site.

KUCHING: The Northern Sarawak Journalists Association (NSJA) has spearheaded a corporate social responsibility (CSR) project to develop an icon for Miri City with the slogan ‘Sayangi Miri’ and work on the project  site in Jalan Kingsway has begun.

NSJA organising chairman and treasurer Chai Choon Chin said the CSR project was executed to contribute to the Miri community and as a gift for Miri’s 16th anniversary this year, creating a new ‘check-in’ attraction in the city.

“The project is estimated to cost around RM45,000 and construction was intended to begin last year, but it was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the movement control order.

“I hope that the ‘Sayangi Miri’ icon will bring more tourists to Miri, to help improve Sarawak’s tourism and economy, as well as the economic development of local enterprises.”

Chai revealed that the project received full support from Sarawak Assistant Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Sebastian Ting, as the main sponsor with a contribution of RM20,000, as well as contributions from other donors, including Sarawak Tourism Board chairman Dennis Ngau who contributed an amount of RM10,000.

On the other hand, he disclosed that the former Miri Resident Office building would be upgraded and turned into the Miri Culture and Heritage Museum in the future with the cost included in the 12th Malaysia Plan.