Greater Miri Plan to develop Division by 2030
KUCHING: The Miri Division will be developed and transformed by the year 2030 through the implementation of the Greater Miri Plan.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg pointed out that the plan covers Miri, Subis and Niah.
“As you know, we want Niah to be recognised as a Unesco product, and we want the development to connect Marudi and Miri.
“The construction of Marudi Bridge is ongoing, and from Marudi the Highland Development Agency (HDA) will build a road up to Long Terawan in Mulu.
“This means there will be a road leading to the interior that is rich in natural resources. This will be connected to a road from Limbang. We are now building a road from Limbang to Gunung Bada,” he said.
He said this when officiating at the DUBS Miri Branch 14th general meeting at Eastwood Golf and Country Club yesterday (Feb 20).
The chief minister said that with this development, the locals residing along the area would be connected to the Greater Miri.
“Therefore, this is what we want to develop from Subis right up to the interior area until the year 2030,” he said.
He further said when all the planned infrastructures were in place, Shell Malaysia (Shell) would return to Miri to set up its headquarters again.
“With this, I believe other companies will also come and do the same in making Miri as their base.
“As such, you will have services, tourism, and agriculture activities which can provide more opportunity for the local community,” he said.
He urged the locals to have an export-oriented approach and market their products particularly in the area of food products.
“Aside from Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office Singapore (STATOS), the government of Brunei has agreed for us to set up a similar trade office in Bandar Seri Begawan and this further strengthens the trade between Sarawak and Brunei, and this means that Miri will have the benefits.
“Hence, I urged the people to look at the state’s regional market and establish your own marketing network,” he said.
Abang Johari also said that he was confident that by the year 2030, as Sarawak focuses on talent development in the new era, the economic growth in Miri would be accelerated.
“But, it depends on every one. We cannot force people on how to take opportunity, but surely you can analyse and position yourself in this era of transformation,” he said.
Also present were Transport Minister and Senadin assemblyman Datuk Seri Lee Kim Shin and DUBS president Datuk Abang Helmi Ikhwan.