SIBU: Minister of International Trade and E-Commerce Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh has proposed the setting up of a Sibu Development Board (SDB) to oversee development in three key sectors here namely tourism, agriculture and education.
He said the board would be headed by Temenggong Dato Vincent Lau Lee Ming and Temenggong Datuk Wan Hamid Edruce while he himself would act as the coordinator between the board and the Sarawak government.
Wong said this at a Chinese New Year dinner hosted by Sibu United Chinese Association (UCA) at a leading hotel here on Friday. The Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud was the guest-of-honour, accompanied by his wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Raghad Kurdi Taib.
The board can bring together the head of the Chinese community, Sibu UCA president, Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry president, Bumiputera organisations as well as some corporate leaders to discuss and come out with a roadmap on how to develop Sibu.
They will with one voice determine the direction of Sibu’s development by 2030, Wong added.
According to Wong, who is also Bawang Assan assemblyman, the tourism, agriculture and education sectors were crucial to Sibu’s economic growth.
He said that a cruise along Sungai Rajang was being worked out to boost tourism in Sibu.
Apart from this, he said there were vast ideal land for agriculture activities.
There are also many abandoned rubber estates that can be rehabilitated and developed into food producing areas, he added.
Touching on education, Wong who is also Second Finance Minister said that Sibu has Laila Taib College and the University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS) where efforts should be made to attract more students to further their studies at the two institutions.
Also present at the dinner were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Assistant Minister of Entrepreneur and Small and Medium Enterprise Development Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, Sibu Resident Charles Siaw, Kuching-based Chinese Consul-General of the Republic of China, Cheng Guangzhong and his wife, Gao Cuilian, Lau and Sibu UCA’s Ngieng Ping Sing.
Source: Sarawak Government