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By DayakDaily Team
MIRI, Nov 12: Riam Institute of Technology and Riam Road Secondary School Miri will be signing a memorandum with a higher institution and school in Weihai City, Shang Dong, China on academic co-operation.
Local Government and Housing Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian broke the good news during the signing of the Memorandum of Establishing Friendly Relations and Co-operation between Miri City and Weihai City today.
“I strongly believe that the bilateral relationship should not be restricted only between governments as it should also include the people, especially in terms of business, education, and culture. It should in fact be extended to involve primary schools; the younger the better as they will have many more years of friendship.
“There are many advantages for both cities arising from establishing this favourable relation and co-operation. Shortly after this signing, Riam Institute of Technology and Riam Road Secondary School Miri will be signing a memorandum with a higher institution and school in Weihai City on academic advancements.
“I am pleased that there is such an instant response from the education field of both cities. I believe that there will be more ‘matchings’ to come,” said Dr Sim.
He pointed out that the intent of establishing friendly relations and co-operation between Miri City and Weihai City is an initiative coming from the private sector.
The Batu Kawah incumbent said owing to the strategic location of Miri City, Sarawak should look at Miri City as a ‘gateway’ for visitors and investors to the surrounding area, and in future to other neighbouring regions on Borneo such as Sabah, Brunei Darussalam and especially Indonesia who are planning to move their administrative capital to Kalimantan, some 400km away from Sarawak.
Dr Sim pointed out that there are also existing tourism attractions such as international acclaimed natural paradises and national parks in Miri including Mulu National Park, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage site, Niah National Park, Lambir National Park and Loagan Bunut National Park, with deep-sea fishing and scuba (underwater) diving.
Looking at the bigger picture, he said, Sarawak has a lot to offer in all sectors from business, tourism, education and culture among others as outlined in the Sarawak government’s Post Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030. — DayakDaily