MIRI: Construction of the new Orang Ulu Cultural Centre is expected to commence by the end of this year.
Mulu assemblyman Dato Gerawat Gala, who is former president of the Federation of Orang Ulu Associations of Sarawak, Malaysia (Forum), said the centre will be built on a five-acre land at Jalan Lopeng, here at a cost of about RM25 million.
“The construction of the Orang Ulu Cultural Centre has been approved by the state government. A five-acre land at Jalan Lopeng, with premium of RM1.8 million, has also been approved for the development of the centre,” he told The Borneo Post after officiating at the Sarawak National Kenyah Association’s (PKKS) 7th Tri-Annual Delegates Conference at Piasau Boat Club, here Saturday.
According to him, the building plan has already been drawn up and approved in a Forum meeting, with the completion date targeted before the end of 2020.
Meanwhile, on the construction of the Orang Ulu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OUCCI), Gerawat said the Sarawak government has approved RM10 million as paid-up capital for the chamber.
“The Orang Ulu Chamber of Commerce and Industry is now in the process of registration. After the chamber is registered, the pro tem committee will hold an AGM (annual general meeting) and from there, we will know who will become members of the permanent committee,” he said.
He also urged Orang Ulu businesses to register with OUCCI once the process is complete.
“Once you get yourself registered with the Orang Ulu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, we would be able to recommend Urda (Upper Rajang Development Agency), HDA (Highland Development Agency) and the Northern Region Development Agency (NRDA) to refer to the chamber to determine the Orang Ulu businesses and companies who have the ability to participate in development work in their respective areas,” he explained.
During the event, Gerawat announced an allocation of RM35,000 for PKKS for their activities.
Among those present were PKKS president and Murum assemblyman Kennedy Chukpai Ugon, Pemanca Tony Kulleh, PKKS supreme council members, councillors, community leaders as well as heads and members of all nine PKKS branches.