Muara Tebas to become next place of attraction for Kuching soon – CM

Posted on : 28 Jan 2018  Source of News: borneo post online

Abang Johari scooping some soil during the tree planting programme while witnessed by Abdul Wahap (fifth right), Ibrahim (fourth right) and others. – Photos by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

Abang Johari watering the tree sapling during the tree planting programme.

KUCHING: Muara Tebas will soon become the next place of attraction for Kuching as plans are underway to develop the area using a new environmentally friendly approach that will not affect its current ecosystem.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who described Muara Tebas as “an interesting area”, said the state government is planning to develop the area in line with the development of Bako Peninsula which will breathe life to the development of the state.

“Muara Tebas is an area where the land is a combination of peat and hard soil and this causes problem for us to develop it due to the high cost.

“But we must have a new approach to develop this area in a sense where we balance out the development by keeping as much greenery intact as possible,” he said at Kuching North City Commission’s (DBKU) ‘#MA Tree Planting @ Muara Tebas’ programme at Jalan Kampung Muara Tebas, Sungai Buda Besar near here yesterday.

Citing Maldives as an example, Abang Johari pointed out that the popular tourist destination has been developed in a distinctive concept where hotels and resorts are built amidst its lush greenery and pristine beaches thus attracting millions of tourists to visit the island throughout the year.

“Honestly speaking, Maldives does not have anything. But what they do have is the sea and greenery which they have used to their advantange by developing hotels and resorts around the natural beauty of the islands.

“Imagine if we were to do apply the same concept here in Muara Tebas where we build houses but still preserve the greenery in the area, I am confident that this will attract tourists and visitors here,” he remarked.

Abang Johari also noted that while the state can learn a thing or two from other countries’ approach to development, it must also be mindful not to repeat the same mistakes they might have made.

“Kuching must have a balance between economic development and environmental preservation. For instance, we have a temple atop a hill at Muara Tebas here and we will soon build a floating mosque also in this area as well as develop the villages here without destroying the environment.

“Apart from that, we are also working with Finland where Finnish scientists will be collaborating with our scientists to carry out research on which tree species are fast growing in tropical climate.”

This, he said, was part and parcel of the state’s transformation programme.

“As chief minister, I will change our economy and the development of Muara Tebas will be something unique and different which the world will admire.”

Also among those present at the programme were DBKU mayor Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai and Daya Builders Sdn Bhd chairman Ibrahim Baki.