Abang Johari signs a plaque to declare open the RM4-millon Belaga Waterfront. Note in the background the proposed mosque for the town. Others are (front row, from left) Murum assemblyman Kennedy Chukpai Ugon, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing, Belaga assemblyman Liwan Lagang, and Kapit District Council secretary Jabang Juntan while standing at the back is Assistant Minister in Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi (second left). Photo: Ghazali Bujang

BELAGA: This rural town will soon have a town square to complement its recently launched waterfront.

Abang Johari giving his official remarks at the event.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in announcing this said he has approved an allocation of RM20 million for the purpose.

“Last week when I officiated at the opening of Kapit Waterfront, the place also has a town square. The people of Belaga also want a town square. To this, I say no problem: we will develop one.

“I hope that the next time I come here, the town square will have been completed. The project will create a new landscape in Belaga town,” he said.

He said this when launching the Belaga Waterfront today, in response to a request from Belaga assemblyman cum Utilities (Rural Electricity) Assistant Minister Datuk Liwan Lagang.

Earlier, Liwan urged the state government to proceed with the third and fourth phase of Belaga waterfront which required RM20 million to complete.

“The RM20 million is not just for one project, but for three components – the waterfront, a community square and restoration of the old fort,” he said.

On development in Belaga, Abang Johari said the state government had formulated a masterplan to develop the rural town.

“The first will be a new housing area, secondly a commercial area and then, we will develop the area across the river.

“So, this will be similar to the development in Kuching back then when we built Petra Jaya. In Belaga, they will have Belaga Jaya,” he said.

“These are the development planned for the future and the state government has been known to develop all areas in the state as time goes by,” he said.