Manyin talks about the proposed Sarawak Science Centre. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

KUCHING: The proposed Sarawak Science Centre for the purpose of boosting students’ interest in Science, Technology, English and Mathematics (STEM) will be in Kota Samarahan. 

Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin Jawong revealed that the centre, which sits on a 20-acre state land, would be constructed near Sarawak Heart Centre in Kota Samarahan. 

“At the moment, there will be one science centre first and work will begin next year,” he told the New Sarawak Tribune in an exclusive interview at his office in Baitulmakmur building here yesterday. 

He said the Sarawak government had set aside RM180mln for the project. 

Manyin talks about the proposed Sarawak Science Centre. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

“We will be working with the Science Centre of Singapore and they will be our consultant.

“The consultant will have to look at how we develop the science centre and what are the contents that need to be included. This is because we have no head, no tail (no idea on how to set up a science centre),” he explained. 

Manyin added that officers from his ministry were now also in Singapore to study the Singapore Science Centre. 

“Borneo Development Corporation will be the implementing agency and this has already been approved by the State Cabinet. 

“The construction site for the science centre, on the other hand, has also been approved by the State Planning Authority,” he said.  On Nov 4, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, when tabling the State Budget 2020 at the State Legislative Assembly, announced that a Sarawak Science Centre would be established and would be constructed under the 12th Malaysia Plan.