MIRI: The Orang Ulus are optimistic about the Federation of Orang Ulu Associations of Sarawak (Forum) building project. The total cost of the project is around RM25million.
The two-storey building sits on a five-acre piece of land adjacent to Miri Hospital and will have a multipurpose hall capable of accommodating 800 people.
On August 20 last year, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg presented a RM10 million grant to Forum to kick-start the project.
The Forum Building is designed to reflect nine of its association members, namely Persatuan Kayan Sarawak, Persatuan Kebangsaan Kenyah Sarawak, Rurum Kelabit Sarawak, Persatuan Bisaya Sarawak, Persatuan Saban Sarawak, Persatuan Berawen Sarawak, Persatuan Lun Bawang Sarawak, Petipun Penan Sarawak and Lakiput Sarawak.
EDWARD LAING EPOI (Persatuan Berawan Sarawak)
Today’s earthbreaking ceremony marks a significant milestone for the Orang Ulus. It shows the inclusiveness of the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government and that it cares for other ethnic groups. The construction of this building is timely. Now, the Orang Ulus have a place they can call their home.
GABRIEL WAN JOK (Kayan from Long Liam)
It’s a historic moment for the Orang Ulus. Thank you, Sarawak governemnt and GPS. The construction of the building shows they care for the Orang Ulus. I will remember this for the rest of my life.
PETER SAWAL (Bisaya Association)
‘A milestone for the Orang Ulus and we are very happy the building will be built in Miri for Forum.’
MARANI UDAN (Long Banga)
We are very happy today because the Orang Ulus now have their own cultural building. The building is our pride and the construction of this building shows that the state government has never neglected us.
ROSTINA LINGAI (Kelabit from Bario)
It’s an unforgetable event for the Orang Ulus. Thank You very much to the state government.