Tuesday, September 17

Good prospect for Santubong to be tourism hub — Wan Junaidi

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Wan Junaidi (right) presenting a BR1M voucher to a senior citizen. Also seen are (from left) Dr Abdul Rahman, Dr Hazland and Mahri. — Photo by by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: Santubong can become a tourism hub with the support of Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem.

Santubong MP Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said this confidence stemmed from the fact that Santubong had various tourism attractions.

“Santubong is endowed with natural and beautiful environment and is rich with ecotourism products. Therefore it has the potential to be a tourism hub.

“I am confident that our Chief Minister will develop this area,” he said when launching the distribution of BR1M 3.0 for recipients in Pantai Damai and Demak Laut constituencies at the Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) hall here yesterday.

He believed that if tourism is developed in the area, its infrastructure and social economy of the local community would also be improved.

“Since Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan is also a state assemblyman for Tanjong Datu, I am sure he will give his full support to develop Santubong.

“The previous Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud was able to develop Samarahan and Mukah districts and I am sure Santubong will enjoy the same development too,” he said.

Later, he told a press conference that he believed the government would continue to distribute BR1M until the people no longer need the aid.

He said according to the Ministry of Finance, around 17,000 of those who previously received BR1M would no longer receive the aid this year because they had better income now.

“This shows that the government had achieved its objective to produce high income citizens under its economic development programme especially to help those earning low income,” he said.

A total of 3,388 people from Pantai Damai and Demak Laut constituencies received their BR1M vouchers yesterday.

Pantai Damai assemblyman Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi and Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni as well as Kuching district officer Mahri Sarkawi were present.