MIRI: The construction of a water theme park in Senadin is timely and appropriate as the economy of Miri is developing fast, especially in the northern part of the city.
Executive chairman of the theme park developer, Miri Housing Group of Companies, Datuk Lau Siu Wai, is optimistic that the project will be a success and may also see the area develop into a new town centre.
“The northern part of the city which includes Permyjaya and Senadin is growing very fast and the population there is growing faster than Miri city.
“In fact, according to statistics, three fifth of Mirians are living in the northern part of the city and the number is expected to double by the year 2015,” he said.
He added that the total number of houses in Miri is about 55,000 and some 12,000 are located in Senadin.
Unlike in the town centre, Lau said the number of houses in this northern part will continue to grow as there are still areas which have not yet been developed into housing areas.
“With all this development in place, I am optimistic that this northern part of Miri will be the next vibrant city and the present Miri town may be referred to as ‘the old town’,” he said adding that this was merely his view.
Lau said this during a briefing of the project with tenants of Bintang Megamall and potential tenants of Senadin Megamall which is being constructed with the theme park.
Meanwhile, the Senadin Water Theme Park which is being constructed simultaneously with the new shopping complex is expected to be completed by 2015.
The project is being implemented at a cost of RM250 million and Lau said it will be the biggest theme park in the country and will almost double the size of Genting Theme Park.
Apart from the theme park and a huge man-made lake and a shopping complex, the project will include a three-star hotel which will be constructed at a later stage. The project covers an approximate area of 43 hectares.