Tourism Minister urges Miri MP help secure funds from Sarawak govt for museum, Resident office upgrades

Tiong (left) and Chiew (right) during the Q&A session in Parliament today.

KUCHING, Feb 28: Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) Minister Dato Seri Tiong King Sing urges Miri MP Chiew Choon Man to help request for allocations to upgrade the Miri Petroleum Museum and Resident office from the Sarawak government.

Tiong said this in reply to Chiew who asked whether MOTAC would provide allocations for the repair and upgrade of the two buildings to boost tourism in Miri, during the question-and-answer session in Parliament sitting today.

He explained that the Sarawak government holds the authority over any progress related to the museum and resident office in Miri, therefore, “if possible, to propose and request from the State government”.

“For your information, any developments for the Miri Petroleum Museum and Miri Resident office are under the jurisdiction of the Sarawak government.” said Tiong.

Chiew later inquired about the Federal tourism ministry’s timeline for contemplating a collaborative effort with Brunei’s Ministry of Tourism to enhance tourism initiatives in northern Sarawak, namely Miri and Bintulu.

He emphasised that this collaboration can offer an intriguing experience for tourists, allowing them to immerse themselves in the distinctive cultures of both Sarawak and Brunei.

“Each has its own advantages, such as Brunei (with their own) International Airport and Sarawak with (our) world-class ecotourism such as Mulu and Niah caves,” added Chiew.

In response to this, Tiong said that he will be giving a written reply. — DayakDaily