Pustaka Sibu. Photo: Puataka Sarawak Website

SIBU: Sibu has been tipped to become a centre for knowledge with it now equipped with various academic and research facilities.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the launch of Pustaka Negeri here was a boon for locals, allowing them to have better access to learning materials.

“With the library near the University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) as well as the timber and research centres, this will form a relationship where the town will be a centre for the people to acquire knowledge.

“This is also in line with our goal of being a developed state by 2030 where the people are intellectually advanced and able to use knowledge to improve the state’s socioeconomy,” he said when officiating the launch of Pustaka Negeri here today.

Earlier, Pustaka Negeri board of management chairman Tan Sri Hamid Bugo said a library was a hub for lifelong learning, describing it as the gate to the future.

“Pustaka Negeri in Sibu although small, will be able to become the main portal for knowledge for those in the central region and a gateway for education.

“The library entails a freedom to read and freedom of education. Education is not over the day you leave school or finish university. Intellectual development starts from when you are born until the day you die.”

Meanwhile, Abang Johari said with greater intellectual knowledge, in tandem with better infrastructure and amenities provided by the state government, this allowed for greater development.

“Sibu will be closer to Kuching and in the future, its journey will be shortened to only two hours and 30 minutes. Meanwhile, Kapit can now be reached from Sibu in one hour 45 minutes.

“These are advances that we have made and it is hoped that I will give a positive outlook to the people.”