No charges for space rental at Kuching Waterfront, only services, clarifies DBKU

The Square Tower at the Kuching Waterfront was built in 1879.

KUCHING, Feb 4: Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) has never imposed any charges for event space at Kuching Waterfront.

In a media release today, it revealed it only charged for various services rendered upon request which were commonly requested by event organisers.

The services offered include cleaning before, during and after the event; rentals for mobile toilets, potted plants and barricades; issuance of permits especially for advertisements in forms of fishtails, banners or buntings; temporary hawker’s permit; and traffic wardens services and licensing.


DBKU was responding to Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah’s concerns over the “unreasonable” charges for event space rental at Kuching Waterfront.

“All service charges imposed are in accordance with the ‘User Pay Concept’ policy.

“As for the cost of cleaning and desludging, DBKU has to pay the cost of services to the contractor (vendor), thus this is an overhead that DBKU has to bear,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, in an earlier news report, Abdul Karim pointed out charges should be reasonable as many of the events were held to promote Sarawak’s historical and cultural heritage.

“It is unreasonable that people who rent the open event space in between the Square Tower and Steamship Building at the Kuching Waterfront are also charged for ‘stall maintainance’,” he said.

For any queries pertaining to the above matter, members of the public may log on to DBKU’s website at or contact its public relation division at 082-512200. — DayakDaily