Tourism will boost development in Siniawan

Miro (standing, third right) and Willie (seated) at Siniawan last Saturday.

KUCHING: The development of the Siniawan small town will be boosted by its tourism sector, said Serembu assemblyman Miro Simuh.

He said it is his focus to turn Siniawan into a tourist attraction as the old town which is over 100 years old, has a rich heritage.

“In the future, visitors can not only see the old town of Siniawan which is over 100 years old, but will see a large monument made by the community here with the help of the government and various parties,” he said.

He said this after completing the ground-breaking ceremony for the Guan Yin statue construction project at Pekan Warisan Siniawan last Saturday as reported by the Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas).

Miro said that the Guan Yin statue will be the largest and tallest in Sarawak with a height of 10.6 metres and will be an icon not only to Siniawan but Sarawak in general.

He said the Sarawak government had promised to provide an allocation of RM300,000 under the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) next year for the project.

“The Siniawan Walking Street construction project has also been completed with government assistance at a cost of RM500,000.

“Meanwhile, the Siniawan Waterfront construction project is also being carried out at a cost of RM10.2 million,” he said.

He added, another unique product that will follow is the Heritage Cruise from Kuching waterfront to Siniawan Waterfront.

Meanwhile, Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Willie Mongin who was also present said that the total cost of the project is worth RM2.2 million and is expected to be completed within two years.

He said although the federal government has provided an allocation of RM300,000, he will work to help secure funds from other sources.

He explained that the goal of the project is to develop Siniawan heritage town as a tourist destination, generate economic development and increase the income of the locals.