By Lian Cheng
BAU, Sept 23: Bau folks will soon see the latest tourist attraction in their town: a glass hanging bridge at the top of Mount Tasik Biru.
This was disclosed by Tasik Biru assemblyman Dato Henry Harry Jinep who is determined to put Bau on the map by creating a spectacular bridge near the Tasik Biru Temple.
In an interview with DayakDaily, he said that in the latest plan to develop Bau, a glass hanging bridge akin to the one found in China will be built to allow visitors to enjoy the full view of the lake and its vicinity, while experiencing a challenging experience standing on a transparent glass bridge which will end on a glass platform.
Harry’s determination to make Bau a tourism town is evident through his efforts such as the building of the ‘Bau Bicentennial Bridge’, a pedestrian bridge at Tasik Biru which he officiated yesterday.
He said the bridge named in conjunction with Bau district’s 200-year celebration in 2020 is a reproduction of a historical landmark situated there long ago.
According to a Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) report, Harry said there used to be a red concrete bridge there when mining started for the second time in the town, where operations went down as deep as a depth of 400 feet.
He explained that the inspiration of the bridge came from Waihi, New Zealand which is also formerly a gold mining town that has been upgraded into a tourist spot.
“We did a tour and the place is really beautiful. It has a bridge that is more or less the same because we took the inspiration and idea from that bridge and we made it at Tasik Biru,” said Harry.
Harry said the Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had approved an additional allocation of RM1 million under the Rural Transformation Project (RTP) programme to cover the building cost of the bridge.
In this regard, he said, a ‘Miner’s Walk’ has also been built starting from the bridge leading to Tasik Biru Temple which is more than one kilometer away or about 10 minutes away on foot. — DayakDaily