Hydraulic study needed to turn Belawai into next Hawaii

Abang Johari delivers his speech at Majlis Melanggar Raya Samah in Belawai today (May 28, 2022). Photo: UKAS YouTube livestream

By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, May 28: The Sarawak government will conduct a hydraulic study to develop more infrastructures, including a waterfront in Belawai, which will transform it into the next Hawaii.

Premier of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg, noted that Kuala Rajang assemblyman Datuk Len Talif Salleh has requested over RM30 million to build a waterfront in the area, but to him, the amount would not be enough.

“What we need to do first is to conduct a technical study on the erosion along the Belawai coast.

“Then, we will develop the area with infrastructure. This will become an attractive spot for travellers passing through the coastal road to stay overnight, especially for tourists during school holidays or family trips.

“This will have a spillover effect to Bintangor, Sarikei and other areas, too,” he said at a press conference after attending the Majlis Melanggar Raya Samah in Belawai today.

Earlier in his speech, Abang Johari also proposed setting up a motorhome park to complement the visual of a tourist attraction in Belawai.

“So apart from the waterfront, we can build a motorhome park equipped with parking space, electricity and water supply facilities.

“Then, you will see how Belawai in the future will look like a tourism spot in the Western countries. Belawai turns into ‘Hawaii’,” he said.

Additionally, Abang Johari said the Sarawak government had set aside RM33.7 million to implement the village expansion scheme (SPK) for Kampung Jerijih (RM20 million) and Kampung Belawai (RM13.7 million).

Concurrently, he said the authorities would also develop other infrastructures like roads and Anjung Usahawan to accelerate economic activities in the area. — DayakDaily