Saturday, August 20

Tusan Beach rainbow stairs nearly completed


Ting (right) tries out the almost completed Tusan Beach rainbow stairs. Penghulu Leonard Fong is at second left.

MIRI: Construction work on rainbow stairs leading down to Tusan Beach is almost completed.

It is part of the first phase of the over RM4.97 million upgrading project for the beach.

Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting said the stairs are the initiative of the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Youth wing following his first visit to the area on Sept 9.

“Looking at the footpath leading down to the beach, I suggested to the SUPP Youth wing to do something about it. I remember going down the footpath, when it’s dry, it tends to be slippery and same goes when it rains.

“Now that the stairs are almost complete, I am happy to see the beautiful colours, which resemble the rainbow that we saw during my first visit here,” he told reporters at the site yesterday.

Ting called on the public to be careful when using the stairs as construction is still going on.

“This is all private initiative and we will put up signage soon. The important thing is to make it easier for the visitors going down to the beach and I noticed that though the construction is going on, there are still many visitors coming here.

“This is a popular spot and there needs to be more facilities and with the completion of the first phase next year, I am sure it will really be a top tourist spot.

“I also welcome any suggestion on how we can promote this beach, probably setting up chalets at the surrounding area or even a campsite that would cater to local or international tourists from all walks of life,” he added.

Ting also called on visitors to maintain the cleanliness of the area.

“Please do not throw any rubbish recklessly and if you can’t find a rubbish bin, keep the rubbish with you and throw it away once you see a rubbish bin. We would like to maintain the cleanliness here because there are a lot of people visiting this place and we want it to stay clean at all times,” he said.

The first phase of the project is scheduled to be completed in February and will include parking spaces, slope protection, soft landscaping, safety railings, stalls, public toilets, surau, and signage.