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By Karen Bong
KUCHING, May 24: The masterplan for Sarawak’s first Science Centre to nurture scientific literacy among the younger generation and the general public is nearing completion.
Minister for Education, Innovation and Talent Development Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn pointed out that the Ministry is collaborating with the Singapore Science Centre to develop the masterplan and an operating model based on the centre in Singapore, which is the oldest, most established and successful science centre in the region.
“We are nearing the completion of the masterplan, and concurrently finalising the design of the centre which will be located along Jalan Stadium, here in Petra Jaya, where the site has been cleared, and earthworks completed,” he said when delivering his winding-up speech in the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting today.
The Sarawak Science Centre project was mooted by Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg in 2017.
It was reported to involve a cost of RM200 million and targeted for completion in 2024.
Later in a press conference at the Media Centre of DUN Complex, Sagah explained that the Centre is not similar to that of Centre of Technical Excellence (Centex), but a huge interactive museum for all people of all ages and communities to explore and discover the world, science and technology.
“It is like a scientific world. We will also move the current planetarium at the Civic Centre there. It will be very interesting and exciting.
“The Centre will conduct educational activities and programmes to inculcate interest and appreciation in science and technology among the younger generation and public in general.
“We need to inspire and get our children interested in science, or else they will be left behind and no one will take up professional jobs in the future,” he added. — DayakDaily