Earth­works start at RM10 mln Bi­dayuh Cul­ture Vil­lage

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KUCH­ING: Earth­works to pre­pare for the RM10 mil­lion Bi­dayuh Cul­ture Vil­lage ( BCV) project at the Redeems Cen­tre in Kam­pung Apar, Sin­gai near here have be­gun with the com­ple­tion date sched­uled for Au­gust.

When fully com­pleted in two years’ time, the first vil­lage of its kind in Sarawak is ex­pected to give a big boost to and com­ple­ment the Redeems Cen­tre.

As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Move­ment of Sin­gai Sarawak ( Redeems) pres­i­dent Datuk Peter Nan­sian said the cen­tre will ex­pand the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties at the Redeems Cen­tre and give space to host Bi­dayuhre­lated cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties on a larger scale.

“The cul­tural vil­lage is de­vel­oped on three acres of land in the Redeems Cen­tre, which is sit­ting on an over­all land of 17 acres,” he told a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

“Once earth­works are done, it will go on to more phys­i­cal con­struc­tion works. So if there are no prob­lems and works are car­ried out ac­cord­ing to sched­ule, the BCV could be com­pleted in two years’ time and can be used for Gawai Redeems cel­e­bra­tion in 2020.”

Nan­sian said the vil­lage will be­come a ma­jor tourism prod­uct and travel des­ti­na­tion, es­pe­cially for Bau Dis­trict.

“The scope of works and fa­cil­i­ties in the vil­lage in­clude a 40- door long­house and a twoacre tanju (open space) to en­able var­i­ous kinds of ac­tiv­i­ties and pro­grammes to be held there,” he shared.

Rev­enue col­lected in fu­ture will go to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of the Sin­gai Bi­dayuh or Bisin­gai com­mu­nity in the area.

Nan­sian shows an artist’s im­pres­sion of the Bi­dayuh Cul­ture Vil­lage.

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