Bastion for Chinese affairs, land to build Wisma Hua Zhong greenlighted

Sim (in yellow shirt) flanked by Wee on his right in a group photo with leaders of Chinese associations and representatives of schools after the ceremony.

KUCHING, Dec 11: The Sarawak Federation of Chinese Associations has been allocated a piece of land by the state government for the construction of its headquarters to be called ‘Wisma Hua Zhong”.

Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian revealed that the Federation has received the Letter of Offer for the parcel of land of slightly over an acre from the Land and Survey Department.

“The Chief Minister (Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg) has agreed to the request (of the Federation) to provide a piece of land for the Federation to establish its headquarters.

“It is located behind tHe Spring shopping mall, a centralised and strategic location, which will be beneficial to the Chinese community.

“The initiative is similar to Wisma Melayu Sarawak, but this is for the Chinese community,” he told reporters after a ceremony to handover grants to independent Chinese schools today.

Federation president Dato Richard Wee, who was present, said that they will continue to communicate with the Land and Survey Department to ensure a smooth process for land transition in compliance with all procedures.

“We are working out the details (of the construction of its headquarters). We are thankful to the state government for the kind allocation of the land as it shows that not only the Chinese community but all other races are looked after by the state government,” he emphasised.

Meanwhile, Abang Johari had officiated the earth-breaking ceremony to mark the start of its construction Wisma Melayu Sarawak at Jalan Diplomatik here yesterday (Dec 10).

The soon-to-be-home of Amanah Khairat Yayasan Budaya Melayu Sarawak (AKYBMS) will be a symbol of unity of the wider Malay and Bumiputera community in Sarawak.

The Wisma Melayu Sarawak was a manifestation of the dream of the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem to have AKYBMS own its own building. – DayakDaily