Sarawak Premier proposes heritage trail in Sibu

Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg (File pix)
23/07/2022 11:27 PM

SIBU, July 23 (Bernama) -- Historical places in Sibu such as the Lau King Howe Hospital Museum and Tun Tuanku Bujang Square need to be connected to each other through a network of heritage trails that can help attract more tourists to this city located in the middle of Sarawak.

Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said the heritage trail network can be connected to other nearby recreational and gathering areas such as Taman Rimba Bukit Lima here.

"Sibu has a strong heritage background that will be preserved and I believe the Sarawak Ministry of Tourism (Creative Industries and Performing Arts) will create a heritage trail (here)," he said when closing the 2022 Borneo Cultural Festival (BCF) here tonight.

Besides tourism infrastructure, he said the Sibu redevelopment plan needs to take into account the ways to control floods that often occur and this is what led him to suggest that canals be built like those in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

"That's why I said (in his previous visit to Sibu) that Sibu may one day become like Amsterdam," he added.

He also praised the Sibu Municipal Council for making the festival a success, which was held every year and has shown improvement in terms of quality.