Welcome arch at Sg Tujuh checkpoint costing RM390,300 officially opened

Yii (11th from right) and his deputy Julaihi Mohamad (on Yii's left) together with others cut a ribbon to declare open the newly completed welcome arch in at the Sungai Tujuh checkpoint.

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By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, July 7: The construction of a welcome arch at the entrance to the Sungai Tujuh Immigration checkpoint in Kuala Baram is now completed.

The design concept features Miri City’s official flower, the periwinkle, from the top elevation and on both side elevations are oil platforms as befitting Miri’s status as an oil and gas hub.

According to Miri Mayor-cum-Pujut assemblyman Adam Yii Siew Sang when met earlier today, the installation of the welcome arch along the Brunei-Sarawak (Miri) border will provide a new perspective of the surrounding area.

Yii was met after launching the arch here.

The installation of the 5.5-metre tall and 17-metre wide RM390,300 arch commenced on February 8 this year and was completed on May 7 recently.

It was fully funded by the State government.

“By adding this element, it will redefine the surrounding area as we are set to welcome travellers from our neighbouring country ,Brunei,” he said.

Yii also disclosed that Miri City Council (MCC) is also planning to beautify the landscape of the surrounding area heading towards the Sungai Tujuh checkpoint.

Last month, it was reported that Brunei is planning to fully reopen its land and sea borders starting August 1 this year.

However, Minister in the Brunei Prime Minister’s Office Dato Dr Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah was quoted in June as saying, the full reopening of Brunei’s sea and land borders will depend on the Covid-19 situation in the country and region as well as the operational readiness of border control posts.

Also present during the symbolic launching of the arch earlier today were MCC’s deputy mayor Julaihi Mohamad and Cr Warzieda Ahmad. — DayakDaily