File Photo: The waterfront on the south bank of Sarawak River.

By Fenny Silong & Nur Shazreena Ali
KUCHING: Local villagers welcome the extension of Kuching Waterfront (the Petra Jaya side) for 1.5km from Kampung Tanjong right up to Kampung Tupong.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the project under the 12th Malaysia Plan will cost RM30 million.

The people believe that the villages will become livelier with the development of the waterfront and that the infrastructure was a great move to attract foreign tourists.

Also, the beautification project will enhance the city’s scenery as it highlights the juxtaposition of the modern and the traditional.

Penghulu Ghani Abone of Kampung Sungai Bedil Besar. Photos: Ramidi Subari

Ghani Abone, Kampung Sungai Bedial

‘I am very happy that the riverbank at our village is going to be beautified. This is a tourism product and thus will be more organised and systematic.’

Penghulu Abdullah Ba’ee of Kampung Tanjong Sinjan

Abdullah Ba’ee, Kampung Tanjung Sinjan

‘The beautification of the riverbank is a tourism product that will bring more business opportunities to the locals. Therefore, the younger generation should take the opportunity to be creative in offering products to tourists.’

Ashaarie Rejie, Kampung Lintang

Ashaarie Rejie of Kampung Lintang

‘There are many business opportunities when the Kuching Waterfront had been extended. This area can become a business centre just like the opposite bank which is becoming more vibrant with various activities.  We are very grateful to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg for fulfilling his promise to beautify Kuching City.’

Rafeah Bismi and her family

Rafeah Bismi, Kpg Tanjong

“I agree 100 percent! This development project will enable the villagers to enjoy long-term benefits. It will enhance the beauty of the riverside and will attract tourists.”

Badrul with his family

Badrul, Kampung Lintang

“Foreign visitors will love to capture the contradictions in the architecture of buildings along the river. This will help boost our economy.”