KUCHING: Reservoir Park here will be turned into a unity park reflecting Kuching’s status as a City of Unity, says Tourism Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He said the proposed park would be equipped with facilities such as gazebos representing Sarawak’s various ethnic groups for people to enjoy.
“It will be a recreational park for people in Kuching to interact. This will be done under the 11th Malaysia Plan.
“The Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) will design it and recommend it to us,” he told reporters after opening a seminar themed “Towards Socially and Culturally Vibrant Cities and Towns” here yesterday.
Abang Johari said Reservoir Park was selected for the unity park project because of its central location next to the Sarawak Museum and the city’s heritage centre.
He said the proposed unity park was part of the state’s tourism and community development.
“After that, we may encourage voluntarism such as buskers play-ing music in the Museum Garden. We want to rope them in as part of our community programme,” he said.
In his speech earlier, Abang Johari said Kuching was declared a City of Unity by Yayasan 1Malaysia on Aug 1 because of its multicultural harmony, unity in diversity and political stability.
“The challenge to us now is to preserve this. Political stability and trust are important in maintaining unity and we have to move forward in these parameters.
“Community leaders and local authorities have to work together to sustain this,” he said.
Abang Johari also said tourism could contribute towards urban development, making towns more dynamic and energetic.
He said prestigious events such as the Asean International Film Festival and Awards and the Rainforest World Music Festival had brought in tourists, while places of interest were being improved.
He called on local authorities and communities to introduce more social and cultural activities as a way to attract visitors to the state.