Miri Civic Centre repair work, upgrading set to cost RM1mln

Physical meetings and official govt functions will be postponed for the time being. File photo for illustrative purposes

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, July 25: Repairing and restoring Miri Civic Centre’s ceiling collapse following Friday’s vicious windstorm and heavy rain will likely cost RM1 million, disclosed Sarawak Minister of Transport Datuk Lee Kim Shin.

Lee, who is also this division disaster management committee minister in-charge, said this after chairing a meeting on Friday afternoon.

This estimated preliminary cost prepared by the Public Works Department (JKR) included the upgrade of the building structure.

However, he did not say when the repair work will commence.

“The repair works would include replacing the damaged ceiling structures, wiring around the affected area and upgrading the building structure,” he stated.

Lee added that he had instructed Miri Fire and Rescue department (Bomba) and the Malaysian Civil Defence department (APM) to carry out checks to determine its safety for members of the public.

“At the moment, Miri public library which located inside the building has been temporarily closed following Thursday’s incident,” Lee explained.

Meanwhile, on several stalls and premises damaged during a strong wind incident in Batu Niah, including two longhouses there on July 23, Lee said, Miri Welfare department would take any necessary action to assist the affected victims.—DayakDaily