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CM approves RM6 mln for proposed Integrated Community Centre
Posted on : 27 Aug 2020  Source of News: The Borneopost online

Abang Johari (in the excavator) performs the ground-breaking ceremony of the Integrated Community Centre at Taman Jelita. Standing on his right is Ripin.

MIRI: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has approved an allocation of RM6 million for the construction of the proposed Integrated Community Centre at Taman Jelita, off Taman Tunku here.

Speaking at a function before the groundbreaking ceremony yesterday, Abang Johari said he agreed with Lambir assemblyman Ripin Lamat to turn the eight-acre land into an integrated community centre that would have facilities for sports and outdoor activities to promote good health.“So, if it’s RM6 million, let it be RM6 million as long as there is a place for the community to exercise,” he said.

Earlier, Ripin in his speech requested for additional allocation from the state government as the RM1 million which had been approved earlier was not enough to build sufficient facilities at the community centre which includes a police station (kiosk), management office, four badminton courts, a football field, four futsal courts, mini gymnasium, playground, cycling and jogging track.

Abg Johari also proposed for the community centre to be connected with high speed internet that will benefit the people using the community centre.

The RM6-million project is expected to kick off within the next few months and it is scheduled to be completed next year.

The chief minister, who is on a working visit here, yesterday also went to check the flood mitigation project for Taman Tunku, Sg Rait and Tukau where he was briefed on the latest progress by Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) state director Datu Chok Moi Soon.

On the flood mitigation project, Abang Johari said he had asked the DID to look into long term solution to the flood issues faced by the residents especially in Taman Tunku, Tukau and Sg Rait.

“We must have a master plan. But of course, the cost is also high. But I told (DID) to do it up until Tukau so that in the next three or four years, there will be no more flood issues,” he said.

He stressed that although the project may be costly Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) under his leadership will find a way.

Apart from visiting the flood mitigation project, Abang Johari also took time to visit St Barnabas’ Church and the new Taman Tunku mosque which is currently under construction.