Structured development for Petra Jaya

Abang Johari signs the plaque as others look on.

KUCHING: Housing in Petra Jaya here will be developed in a well-structured manner to keep up with the rapid development that is presently occurring in the area.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state government is looking to undertake this by opening up new areas and extending existing villages.

Sufficient fund will be given to the Land and Survey Department (JTS) whose job is to identify new areas for us to develop the new housing schemes.

“The city is currently undergoing widespread development. There is also an influx of migrants from other places. That is why the government is planning the structured development,” he said while officiating at a friendly neighbourhood dinner organised by Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) building here on Friday.

Abang Johari said among the current housing developments in Petra Jaya implemented by the state government were Phase 1 to Phase 5 of Kampung Rampagi scheme.

Secondly is the Samariang-Semerah Padi scheme which is also from Phase 1 to Phase 5. This is in addition to developing new villages in Samariang Pinggir, Matang Batu 10, Samariang Tanah Merah and Kampung Sejingkat.

The chief minister said the area behind Kampung Buntal will also be extended as well as Muara Tebas.

“When the villages are extended, we have to appoint more village chiefs. This year, we have added 22 more of them. In Kuching alone, we now have four Temenggong, 12 Pemanca, 90 Penghulu and 420 headmen,” he said.

The state government is also looking to develop Kampung Seberang Hilir and open up areas such as Sungai Bedaun.

“We want to build homes similar to what has been done in Kemuyang, Sibu.

“Of course, the cost will be big, but they will have bigger income which will be given back to the people in the form of development projects,” he said.