SAYS project inch­ing closer to re­al­ity

The Borneo Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Peter Boon re­porters@the­bor­neo­post.com

SIBU: Sarawak’s first ever multi-use park Sibu Ac­tive Youth Space (SAYS) on Sibu Town Square Phase II, is inch­ing closer to re­al­ity with the ap­proval of RM2.5 mil­lion from the Sarawak gov­ern­ment for the project.

How­ever, As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Hous­ing and Pub­lic Health Dr An­nuar Ra­paee says the amount is meant for en­tire con­struc­tion of a skate­board park.

Ac­cord­ing to him, SAYS is a youth-spe­cific space com­plete with pur­pose-built fa­cil­i­ties, aimed at con­nect­ing mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity and also pro­mot­ing a healthy life­style to them.

Funds will be al­lo­cated in stages for other fa­cil­i­ties across the s multi-use park such as the BMX and rollerblade park, a

Sibu Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (SMC) will be the im­ple­ment­ing agency for this project and we thank them for their ap­proval for this fa­cil­ity to be built. — Dr An­nuar Ra­paee, As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Hous­ing and Pub­lic Health

‘park­our’ area, cal­is­then­ics and wall-climb­ing zones, an open the­atre, and an en­closed space for E-sports.

It is learnt that the park, cov­er­ing an area of 15m by 100m, would also have WiFi cov­er­age.

“Sibu Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (SMC) will be the im­ple­ment­ing agency for this project and we thank them for their ap­proval for this fa­cil­ity to be built.

“We will make sure that the fa­cil­ity will be fully utilised and be­come an at­trac­tion for the youths.

“The ob­jec­tive of such park is to cre­ate a multi-use park and fam­ily space, for peo­ple of all ages to en­joy,” he told re­porters af­ter the sym­bolic han­dover of the ap­proved al­lo­ca­tion for the project from Sarawak gov­ern­ment to SMC – rep­re­sented by its deputy chair­per­son Ro­gayah Ja­main – yes­ter­day.

Asked when the project would com­mence, Dr An­nuar – also As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Tech­no­log­i­cal Re­search and Nangka as­sem­bly­man – said a con­sul­tant would need to be ap­pointed first.

“Once we have done that, the ten­der process will fol­low be­fore the com­mence­ment of the works,” added Dr An­nuar.

Dr An­nuar (stand­ing front, third right) hands over the ‘ap­proved al­lo­ca­tion’ for the SAYS project to Ro­gayah (stand­ing front, fourth left), as oth­ers look on.

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