KUCHING: Housing Assistant Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah believes the Summer Mixed Development Project to be completed by 2013 can turn Samarahan into a tourist spot.
The project comprising shopping mall, water theme park, studio apartments and hotel would attract tourists, particularly from the Peninsula, Abdul Karim said at the soft launch of the project here on Friday night.
Abdul Karim, who is also Asajaya assemblyman and Assistant Minister for Youth Development, was representing Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He said the project was timely given the growing population in Samarahan.
“Many Kuchingites have negative perception of Samarahan and don’t bother to come here. The Summer Mixed Development Project could become a signature landmark to attract many Kuchingites to Samarahan instead of beaches,” he said.
He lauded Tetap Majumas Sdn Bhd for deciding to develop the project.
“This is definitely a bold move. Only those who are daring enough could see the potential of Samarahan and early birds get the best.”
Tetap Majumas Sdn Bhd managing director Lee Chee Fui earlier said the project would pave the way for them to promote Sarawak as a desirable tourist destination.
The overwhelming response of investors to the project indicated their confidence in the development in Kota Samarahan, which would become a new township, he added.