Abang Johari (centre) cuts a ribbon to declare open the new wing of UCA building.

SIBU: This central region town has to undergo urban renewal for it to adapt to the needs of the future, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“We have a masterplan for Sibu and the town needs a revisit; we need to see how we can redevelop Sibu. Previously we had redeveloped Sibu Jaya, the place back then was almost dead.

“When I was the Housing Minister, I introduced a new model and we were able to restructure Sibu Jaya. The new township is now bustling with people,” he said when launching the new wing of United Chinese Association (UCA) Sibu building today.

Abang Johari said one of the projects in the Sibu masterplan is the construction of roads to allow better accessibility throughout the division.

“Now we are building roads – from Sibu Jaya to Lanang, meaning Lanang will be connected to Sibu Jaya.

“Once it is completed, it will move the development towards the Kemuyang area where the land is better, but for Sibu itself, we have to redevelop the town,” he said.

Abang Johari urged the public to help redevelop Sibu as it required the participation of all for the project to be successful.

The chief minister also lauded the role of UCA, saying that the association had contributed immensely to the development in the state.

“I think UCA has done its part and what is important now is stability. Your leaders are visionaries; they know the future and they will develop (the state) to the needs of the future.

“I believe UCA will continue to be successful in the future and contribute more to the development of Sarawak,” he said.