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By Ashley Sim
KUCHING, Sept 18: Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) mayor Hilmy Othman states that extensive development plans are underway in collaboration with the Sarawak government to raise the standards of the northern part of Kuching city.
Hilmy mentioned that the Kuching Waterfront and the area opposite it are currently undergoing some renovation work.
“This includes the area near the Astana building, where a museum is currently being developed, as well as the plans to upgrade the Orchid Garden and the Botanical Garden.
“At the same time, the development will have a wonderful impact on the upcoming official residence of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri,” Hilmy shared during the ‘DBKU Mayor Hi Tea Ceremony with the Community’ at a hotel in Kuching this afternoon.
The mayor further stated that the current Darul Hana Bridge will serve as a connecting link for the local community, allowing them to appreciate the new beauty and panoramic views on both sides of the riverbank.
“The ‘Car Free Day’ programme, typically held on the first and third week of each month, will soon be expanded to include the community area on the opposite side of Kuching Waterfront,” he added.
In addition, Hilmy emphasised the importance of leaders at the grassroots level enhancing their skills and knowledge to become more effective and capable leaders and administrators at the fundamental level.
“This is because the development agenda and the consensus that was formed have the potential to succeed and positively impact all residents.
“Your leadership has the potential to lead the residents in their respective areas to an international level of which they can be proud.
“It is not simple, but it can be accomplished with a positive attitude and solid teamwork.”
The mayor continued, “I will hold more meetings, courses, activities, ceremonies, and events with the city’s leaders and citizens.
“Through these gatherings, I aim to foster better understanding, raise awareness, generate new ideas, and facilitate more proactive and effective planning for community development.”
Today’s ceremony marked the mayor’s first meeting with community members, including community leaders, the chairman of Kejiranan Mesra (KJM), Rukun Tetangga Community (KRT), Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK), and others. — DayakDaily