Sunday, November 29

Heritage trail to link Kuching Esplanade, Sungai Bintangor

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TRANSFORMATION: Abang Johari officiates at the launching of the heritage trail project while (from left) Khairy, Mohd Atei and Noh (right) watch.

KUCHING: The construction of a heritage trail from Kuching Esplanade to Sungai Bintangor is set to turn Kampung Masjid into another tourist attraction along Sarawak River.

According to Housing and Urban Modernisation Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, the RM15 million project is part of the RM65 million budget approved by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to bring the Malay traditional village in Kuching into a modern environment.

“When this project is completed visitors from Grand Margherita can walk right up to Brooke Dockyard, Sungai Bintangor and up to Satok.

“This project in Kampung Masjid will be named ‘Heritage Trail,” he said.

He was speaking at the project launch at Bintangor Waterfront on Thursday night.

He added that in the project, Brooke Dockyard, which sits along the trail, would be turned into a maritime museum.

This, according to Abang Johari, is due to the dockyard being the only ship manufacturing and maintenance facilities in the area and had existed since Kuching of old.

“Kampung Masjid will become a tourist attraction and it is set to improve the livelihood of residents there,” he said.

“Apart from that, residents can also set up ‘homestay’, which is a lucrative industry,” he said.

Abang Johari also added that the construction of the heritage trail is part of a long-term plan to transform all Malay villages in the city.

“Soon, this waterfront will reach Sungai Lajim and transform this village into a tourist attraction with clean and modern amenities,” he said.

On another note, he reminded the villagers not to sell of their land, as prices will increase due to the project.

Also present were International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Mustapha Mohammad, Agriculture and Agro-based industry Minister Datuk Noh Omar, BN Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, DBKU Mayor Mohd Atei Abang Medaan and Senator Ezam Mohd Nor.