Deputy minister: Matu, Igan development plans to be reviewed

Dr Juanda (right) holding the development plan for Kuala Matu during his work visit to the site on Aug 9, 2022. Photo: Ukas

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MUKAH, Aug 12: The development plans of Matu and Igan will be reviewed to examine the proposed redevelopment of Matu District, especially the Kuala Matu area.

Deputy Minister in the Sarawak Premier’s Department (Integrity and Ombudsman) Dato Murshid Diraja Dr Juanda Jaya said Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg had instructed the State Planning Authority (SPA) to prepare the plan after his work visit to the area on June 8.

He said the erosion dam construction project is in full swing, and the second phase will follow suit.

This, he said, includes the implementation of an R&R area in Kuala Matu.

“This framework ensures that the Kuala Matu area becomes a focal point for tourists and a stopover when the coastal road network is fully completed.

“In addition to the resort area provided in the Kuala Matu area, the construction project of the Kuala Matu Mosque and the central zone observatory in Kuala Matu are also underway,” he told Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) during a working visit to Kuala Matu on Tuesday (Aug 9).

He also mentioned that several new plans had been proposed in the Kuala Matu Development Plan, including setting up several shophouses and Village Expansion Schemes (SPK).

“We propose around 200 units to ensure that the Kuala Matu area develops and becomes a new satellite town in the Matu district area.

“This is a continuous effort by the Sarawak government to ensure that rural population also enjoy development like in other areas,” he added.

In the evening on the same day, Dr Juanda also attended the Matu District-level Tilawah Al-Quran event at Matu District Mosque.

During the event, he requested the Sarawak Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) to conduct training for the participants beforehand to enhance their quality in the Al-Quran recital. — DayakDaily