RM60 mln approved for MPP office complex

Abang Johari (third right) receives a book as a token of appreciation from Lo. Looking on are (from left) Ahmad, Dr Sim and Mohamad.

KUCHING: The Sarawak government has approved an allocation of RM60 million for the development of a new Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) office complex.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg announced this when an MPP delegation paid a courtesy call on him at his office in Wisma Bapa Malaysia, Petra Jaya today.

The delegation was led by MPP chairman, who is Batu Kitang assemblyman, Lo Khere Chiang.

Lo thanked the chief minister for the approval of the project, adding “it would be a nine-storey green-concept building.”

He said the project would be developed on a 50-acre site and equipped with various facilities including a library, auditorium and sports facilities.

There are no immediate details on the proposed project including the tentative date for the commencement of the construction work and except that it would be fronting the main Kuching/Serian Road.

However, Lo said the new MPP building is expected to save between 20 and 30 percent in power usage.

It would also meet the needs of the tourism sector given its strategic location and proximity to the Semenggoh Wildlife Centre, Borneo Highlands, Rafflessia Park, Biodiversity Park and Anah Rais Longhouse.

On a separate development, Lo said the existing MPP office building would be transformed into a commercial building once the new office complex is ready for occupation.

“It will at least be able to contribute some income to the council,” he said.

Also present during the courtesy call were Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, deputy state secretary Datuk Seri Mohamad Abu Bakar Marzuki and MPP deputy chairman Datuk Ahmad Ibrahim.