CM: Proposed Heritage Trail can bring in the crowd

Abang Johari (second from left) hands over Hari Raya Aidilfitri assistance and 'bubur lambuk' to an elderly woman at the event.

KUCHING, June 2: The proposed RM30 million Heritage Trail project here will become another tourist attraction along the Sarawak River when it is completed in five years’ time, said Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Speaking at a ‘bubur lambuk’ distribution event in Kampung Bintangor here today, the chief minister said the project would stretch from the Kampung Bintangor river mouth in Satok to the city centre near Padungan.

“It will take about five years to complete. The first phase, which has already started, will be completed in two years’ time,” he said.

Abang Johari said he envisioned transforming the Malay traditional village here into a modern spectacle.

“Just imagine the possibilities with the opening up of these areas. It will boost our tourism industry, and because of its traditional Malay concept, Kuching can then become as famous as Istanbul in Turkey.

“This can also improve the livelihood of the residents here. Apart from food and delicacies, the residents can also set up homestays, which is a lucrative business if properly planned.”

Following the opening of the Golden Bridge across Sarawak River recently, tourist attractions from across the river are now “connected” to the old Kuching district, thus creating an exhilarating heritage trail for visitors. — DayakDaily