MPP chairman calls for private investment to boost economic potential, tourism in area

Tan Kai (right) witnessing an MPP staff receiving an excellent service award from Deputy Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government Michael Tiang.

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KUCHING, Aug 29: Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman Tan Kai has called upon commercial and industrial development investors to consider investing in the area.

Considering its status as a fast-growing municipality, Tan Kai highlighted that there are approximately 78,805 properties, with 91 per cent (71,600) being residential, seven per cent (5,501) commercial, and the remaining two per ent (1,644) industrial.

“Covering an area of 948.338 sq km, MPP currently allocates only nine percent for commercial and industrial development.

“I urge private investors to seize the opportunity to invest more in these two sectors within the MPP area, as this has the potential to significantly boost the local economy,” he said during the MPP’s 27th-anniversary dinner.

Tan Kai further emphasised that Padawan is not only in close proximity to Kuching but also boasts a wealth of tourism opportunities, offering diverse cultural experiences, adventurous activities, and natural attractions for visitors.

He highlighted several attractions, such as the Bengo Range National Park, Kampung Sapit, picturesque waterfalls in Kampung Assum, Kampung Sadir, Kampung Kiding, Kampung Giam, the unique geographical formations, and the Rafflesia plants at Kampung Timurang.

Additionally, there are hot springs and a Bidayuh longhouse at Kampung Annah Rais.

“Noteworthy places like Kampung Bunuk, Trombol Beach, and Kampung Telaga Air also possess great potential to become prominent local and tourist attractions.”

“While MPP isn’t the primary agency for promoting tourism, let me assure you of our willingness to collaborate with relevant government bodies such as the Sarawak Tourism Board, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth, and Sports Sarawak, the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture Malaysia (MOTAC), and private sectors,” he expressed.

Tan Kai also stressed that through effective partnerships, MPP can raise the profile of these tourism gems not just within Malaysia, but also on the international stage.

Additionally, he called for increased participation from private sectors in organising or creating tourism-related programs and activities.

Such initiatives have shown to stimulate the economy, directly benefiting the local population by generating business opportunities and subsequently creating employment. — DayakDaily