200-capacity English-style Tea House to be built near Fort Margherita

Abdul Karim showing the draft of the beautification project after inspecting the progress of the project here today.

By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, May 22: A traditional English-style Tea House with a capacity to accommodate 200 people is being built near the riverbank of Fort Margherita.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the tea house would be among one of the iconic attractions for the beautification project at the riverbank near Fort Margherita here.

He disclosed the tea house was constructed following inspiration from Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Abdul Karim believed the RM24 million beautification project at Fort Margerita would become a tourist attraction upon completion.

“When visitors come and visit, they can stop by and have tea there.

“It’s a traditional English tea house.

“Besides this, we will build a walkway here all the way heading towards the S-bridge.

“When the beautification project is completed, this place will be very attractive especially when it is lit up at night.

“It will make Kuching very beautiful (in the future),” he told reporters after inspecting the progress of the project here today.

Nonetheless, Abdul Karim who is Youth and Sports Minister said that the project which was expected to be completed by the end of this year was delayed.

He explained the delay was due to the construction work being halted as a result of the Movement Control Order (MCO) coupled with hilly landscape and the rainy season which posed challenges to construction.

He stated that the beautification project which started in 2017 is slightly behind schedule but did not say when it would be completed.–DayakDaily