By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, May 31: Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg has agreed in principle to provide extra funding to furnish the new Penubuhan Anak Seni Bandarsah Kuching (PASBK) Community Hall.
He said the building will serves as a training centre for the Malay community to revitalise the culture of Kampung Bandarsah.
“The building has almost reached completion but it is still lacking here and there. However, all of those can be taken care of.
“InsyaAllah I will provide additional funding for us to complete the building so that we can continue our efforts to revitalise the culture of the village,” he said when speaking at ‘Majlis Ramah Tamah Aidilfitri with Premier of Sarawak’ held at Waterfront Hotel in Kuching earlier tonight.
Located at Lot 295, Kampung Bandarsah, the community hall is expected to be completed by August.
According to PASBK chairman Abdul Rahman Zainuddin, the building, once completed, will be able to accommodate 500 people at any one time.
“The hall is also expected to benefit the villagers even from outside the village, in organising activities and arts events and scientific activities, and further boost all the activities that our organisation has planned.
“In addition, this hall will be used for music classes as well as for the use of all community members,” Abdul Rahman said.
At the same time, Abang Johari advised the villagers in the area to be patient with the inconvenience caused by the construction of the Sg Bintangor Bridge in Jalan Datuk Ajibah Abol.
He also likened the Sg Bintangor Bridge to one of the famous bridges of Rotterdam.
He also mentioned that the State government is currently spending over RM60 million to expand the Kuching Waterfront up to Satok Suspension Bridge.
Apart from that, waterfronts stretching from Kampung Sungai Bedil to Kampung Lintang as well as Kampung Tanjung to Kampung Tupong Tengah are currently being constructed.
“In the end, Kuching will have various facilities that we can be proud of as tourism attractions within our ongoing economic development,” he added. — DayakDaily