Sustainable housing development crucial

KUCHING: Sustainable housing development is needed in the city to provide an environment that is more conducive to good living, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

For that purpose, he said the Ministry of Urban Development and Natural Resources needed to work together with the local authorities to identify areas to develop.

“We must have a better housing development plan so that there will be no disorganised or haphazard implementation.

“As we know, there is still squatting in the city area. So, we have to develop sustainable housing,” he said while officiating at the 33rd Kuching City Day ceremony at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex on Sunday (Aug 1).

Abang Johari hoped the relevant parties would play their roles to identify places that could be developed into residential estates.

“Apart from that, it is also very important to provide a clean environment for the people.

“For that, I want to congratulate both Kuching South City Council (MBKS) and Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) for doing their part in continuing to provide a friendly environment for Kuchingites,” he said.

Meanwhile, this year’s Kuching City Day celebration, themed ‘Digital Transformation Towards a Smart City’, is hosted by DBKU.

The celebration was held in a small-scale and hybrid manner with only a limited attendance of 100 people witnessing the celebration at the DUN Complex.

Kuching was granted city status on Aug 1, 1988, making it the third city in Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh then.

Since then, Kuching City is divided into two administrative regions managed by two separate local authorities — MBKS and DBKU.