Buddhist society temple to be Miri’s new tourist draw
MIRI: Miri Buddhist Meditation Society is set to build a RM30 million temple on top of Canada Hill, which could become the city’s next tourist attraction.
Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin, who officiated at the start of construction yesterday, said the temple would symbolise the peace and harmony here and in Sarawak.
“With its location on top of Canada Hill, facing the sea and most of Miri City, it is located right next to a church, which goes to show that Sarawak government encourages peace and harmonious living among its people,” Lee said.
“Such peace is not easily found in other places, such as Peninsula Malaysia. And for that we are proud to have an understanding state government as well as the people who embrace it.”
Lee also reminded the society to protect the site of the temple by taking measures to preserve Canada Hill’s natural heritage.
“Modernisation is part of human civilisation.
“It’s important to preserve nature’s beauty, showing the world that modernisation and nature can co-exist without hurting each other,” he added.
The Miri Buddhist Meditation Society is raising funds for the construction of the temple.
Lee puts cement on a brick for a temple wall. Miri Buddhist Meditation Society chairman Chai Soon Teng Chai is at front third left.