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By Shikin Louis
KUCHING, Aug 1: Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg has requested Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) to promote the original names of Kampung Nombor (numbered villages) in Satok constituency.
Speaking at the Kuching City Day celebration held at Kuching Waterfront here today, the former Satok assemblyman said Kuching is the only city that has numbered villages which is from Kampung Nombor 1 until Kampung Nombor 6.
“Thus, I have requested DBKU to promote the names of the villages because they have different names apart from the numbered-names.
“There are Kampung Masjid and Kampung Segoleng followed by Kampung Bandarsah; Kampung Nombor 5 is actually Kampung Sungai Lajim; up next is Kampung Patingan and the village near the bridge is called Kampung Temedak although there are no more temedak (cempedak fruit or Artocarpus integer) trees,” he said.
It is worth noting that the Malay villages located along the Sarawak River were renamed using numbers, thus Kampung Nombor 1 until Kampung Nombor 6 during the British occupation circa 1946.
At the same time, Abang Johari said the Sarawak government is implementing various projects in areas under DBKU’s jurisdiction to develop the city including the upgrading of the riverfront stretch from Kuching Waterfront all the way up to Kampung No. 5 at Jalan Datuk Ajibah Abol near Satok and the waterfront project along Kampung Sungai Bedil-Kampung Lintang-Kampung Tanjung up to Kampung Tupong as well as gazetting Bukit Siol as a nature reserve.
For the record, Kuching City’s achievements included making the list of Asia’s cleanest cities numerous times; receiving the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director’s award in 2004 for being an outstanding healthy city; awarded the Sustainable City Award at the National Environmental Awards in 2008 and 2009/2010; awarded the Asean Environmentally Sustainable City Award in 2011 and 2008; the only Malaysian city accredited with the United Nations’ Health City status in 2011; won a United Nations’ backed ‘Tourist City Award’ at the second World Cities Scientific Development Forum in Chengdu, China (joint winner with Xining in Qinghai, China); proclaimed the country’s first ‘City of Unity’ on Aug 1, 2015 by One Malaysia Foundation; and most recently recognised as a ‘Creative City of Gastronomy’ by Unesco on 2021. – DayakDaily