No plan for new multi-storey carpark in Sibu; Bintangor Waterfront conceptual drawing submitted for approval

Penguang speaking at the DUN sitting today (Nov 23, 2022). Screenshot taken from a Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) Facebook Live video.

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By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Nov 23: Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) has no plan as of now to build a new multi-storey carpark in Sibu, says Deputy Minister for Public Health, Housing and Local Government Datu Dr Penguang Manggil.

He said the existing parking facilities namely the Urban Transformation Centre (UTC) multi-storey carpark, Wong Nai Siong multi-storey carpark and street parking at CBD area totalling 4,324 units are still sufficient to cater to current demands.

“However, if so desired, it can be incorporated into the proposed Bukit Assek Urban Renewal program,” he said, in response to Bukit Assek assemblyman Joseph Chieng’s question in the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting at DUN Complex here today.

Chieng inquired whether there is any plan to construct a new multi-storey carpark in Sibu to resolve the deficiency of parking spaces due to rapidly increasing number of vehicles yearly.

Meanwhile, providing an update on the progress of the proposed renovation and beautification of Bintangor Waterfront, Penguang said the completed conceptual drawing will be submitted to the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) for approval.

The RM41 million project, he added, will include the construction of an extended concrete walkway, the famous lemon sculpture which is an icon for Bintangor, safety railings, a reinforced concrete jetty, landscaping and other necessary facilities and amenities.

This was in response to Meradong assemblyman Datuk Ding Kuong Hiing’s question on the latest status of the project. — DayakDaily