RM10 mln needed to spruce up Niah Cave

Originally published at: http://miricommunity.net/2015/08/26/rm10-mln-needed-to-spruce-up-niah-cave/

Abang Johari manning the excavator to do earth-breaking of Batu Niah Fire Station. Standing on his right is Rosey.

MIRI: A sum of RM10 million will be needed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) to upgrade facilities at Niah Cave under the 11th Malaysia Plan.

This was disclosed by Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, who said his ministry had received feedback from tourists that there is a need to upgrade the old footpaths and bridge leading to Niah Cave, including safety measures inside the cave.

“Currently SFC is studying the infrastructure needs including lighting without disrupting habitats inside Niah Cave,” Abang Johari told the press after performing the earth-breaking for Batu Niah Fire Station at Batu Niah yesterday
afternoon.

Present were Assistant Minister of Early Childhood Education and Family Development Rosey Yunus, who is Bekenu assemblywoman, and state Bomba director Nor Hisham Mohammad.

At the same time, he revealed that Mulu Caves and Niah Cave would be marketed as hinterlands of Miri City, apart from Lambir National Park.

He also said Niah Cave would be aggressively promoted through website and multimedia to attract more foreign tourists.

In addition, Bekenu and Bakam point would be upgraded in order to draw more tourists to these two places, he added.

Elaborating further, he said young tourists from China were now more interested in discovering the adventures and interior of Borneo instead of going shopping.

He also revealed that the Tourism Ministry was planning to make Batu Niah a tourism town.

He said this would give local people the opportunity to sell their handicrafts and agricultural produce to a wider
market.

On the proposed fire station in Batu Niah, he said it was much needed to provide the town and its surrounding with fire and rescue services.

“That’s why the people must continue to support BN government under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem,” he pointed out.

Earlier in her speech, Rosey said she was happy that their dream since 1991 to have a fire station would now become a reality.

She said the new fire station would serve Niah, Suai and Bekenu.

“We have been requesting for a fire station to be built in our constituency many times and now the dream of the people is being realised,” she said.

The RM5.065 million Niah Fire Station is expected to be completed by November next year.

Currently, Niah, Suai and Bekenu are served by Miri Fire Station which is too far away.