MIRI: It is the people’s right to expect the standard of their city is maintained at all times, if not improved further.
Assistant Minister of Housing Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said Miri had to remain dynamic in every aspect of its development as a city in order to, among others, create more employment and other opportunities for its people.
“Miri is the centre of oil and gas industry in Sarawak and it will continue to play prominent role in its (Miri) progress and advancement,” he said at the opening of Sheda Home & Property Road Show at Bintang Megamall here yesterday.
The assistant minister went on to say that apart from being an oil and gas hub Miri had attained a resort city status and was still growing to help transform the economy of Sarawak into a high income state.
“To further enhance its resort city status, the state government and Miri City Council had launched a five-year vision to make Miri the most livable resort city. It is hoped that this new corporate plan will continue to be built with current foundation and create holistic environment for resident as well as tourists alike,” he added.
According to Abdul Karim, there was also a need to upgrade amenities and infrastructure to mitigate the tide of rural-urban migration and balance the demographic pattern in urban and rural areas.
“Thus, there is a need for the government, Miri City Council, private developers and other relevant authorities to find ways to work together to execute the plan to propel Miri to the next level.
“Based on statistics of the Housing Ministry Miri has the most number of squatters – at 3,936 households and there is therefore the need to push for more low cost houses for this group.
“The 500 units of low cost houses being built in Lambir is certainly not enough for the purpose,” he added.
Sheda president Zaidi Ahmad and its Miri liaison chairman Leonard Fung were among those present at the event.