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By Brad Rantayy
MIRI, Feb 20: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is expected to grace the opening of the Miri Wireless Walk on Wednesday (Feb 26) night next week.
In revealing this during a press conference today, Miri Resident Mastapa Julaihi said the programme is scheduled to start at 8pm.
“We expect 1,000 people to flock to the launching that night,” he said.
Two roads will be closed to traffic during the launching — Jalan North Yu Seng and Merpati road — starting from Feb 24 until 27 to ensure the event runs smoothly.
The RM5 million Miri Wireless Walk project is the brainchild of the Chief Minister during his time as Minister of Tourism.
“The name ‘Wireless Walk Miri’ is derived from the Wireless Village located near the river,” revealed Mastapa.
The main objective of upgrading the Miri Wireless Walk is to help local traders gain more space for their businesses and help increase their productivity, revenue and success as entrepreneurs in Sarawak.
“It will also be a tourist attraction due to its strategic location adjacent to some of the major shopping malls and four-star hotels in Miri (walking distance),” Mastapa added.
The Miri Wireless Walk project consists of 57 stalls and retail space for five foodtrucks. It also comes with free WiFi facilities for customers.
“Visitors can expect to enjoy local dishes namely linut, dimsum, coconut, mee jawa, Sarawak laksa and many more,” Mastapa disclosed.
“There are several major plans that will involve the Wireless Walk Miri area, including the construction of phase II which involves some interesting and more modern and futuristic structural changes coinciding with the Chief Minister’s announcement of choosing Miri as the first Smart City leader in Sarawak.”
The state government also plans to develop the Wireless Walk Miri Village adjacent to the Wireless Walk, which includes various aspects of infrastructure facilities, as well as the relocation of the village to make it a tourist attraction in Miri city.
These two upcoming projects are expected to become signature landmarks for tourists visiting Miri. — DayakDaily