Rural growth centre in Padawan to be revived

Dr Jerip in white shirt being briefed by the project consultant.

KUCHING, July 11: The Padawan Rural Growth Centre in Bayur, which was approved in the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) will be revived.

Assistant Minister of Transport Datuk Dr Jerip Susil said the project located along Jalan Borneo Heights will be developed based on public and private sector partnership.

“We want to sit down first to sort things out because we want the project to start as soon as possible soon and hopefully we can start it within this year,” Dr Jerip said during a site visit today with the project consultant.

Dr Jerip said the key focus for the project will be a coffee processing and packing centre (CPPC) to meet the request of the local community for coffee to be the anchor cash crop in the area.

“Based on the feedback from the local community and the community leaders in the area, they want to have coffee as the anchor cash crop, so the key focus for the project will be the CPPC,” said Dr Jerip, who is Mambong assemblyman.

He disclosed that coffee covers about about 23,000 acres of land in the area.

He also said among the components of the project are housing estates and commercial centres, petrol station and a hawker centre.

According to him, the RM250,000 hawker centre is already under construction and managed by Persatuan Bra’ang Kuching.

Sarawak Administrative Officer (SAO) from Padawan sub-district office Rangen Jamang and community leaders were also present.—DayakDaily