Miri: The city of Miri celebrated its 12th anniversary of attaining resort-city status over the weekend.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said the city is ready and poised to leap into the digital era.
Strategically located in Borneo, this city is set to play a central role in the digital economic plan that has been drawn up by new Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, he added.
Speaking at the 12th City Fan celebration at Miri City Fan recreation park on Saturday night, he said Miri people are hardworking and highly capable and motivated as can be seen by how they developed into a robust yet harmonious united city.
Sarawak Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian said Miri is an evolving entity shaped and vitalised by the energy and industriousness of its people since the early days of oil explorers to the timber merchants and latter captains of industry.
“Today, Miri people of various ethnicity are able to enjoy the prosperity generated by the development of a wide spectrum of business opportunities, live in comfortable houses, take pleasure in leisure activities and enjoy quality education at higher learning institutions.
“Miri City Council (MCC) has played its part by diligently nurturing and guiding its citizens to be proactive in the advancement of the city by introducing programmes that are inclusive and beneficial for all,” said Dr Sim.
In regards to tourism, he added that Miri was fast becoming a destination of choice, with its main attractions being its diverse multiracial culture, exciting outdoor activities and an abundance of natural wonders in the surrounding rainforests and highlands.
Mayor Adam Yii expressed his appreciation to Datuk George Chan Hong Nam and his team for laying down the foundation and subsequently transforming Miri from a small town to a city today.
“For the past 12 years, MCC has been entrusted with increased areas of service and responsibility including the latest inclusion of Bario sub-district on July 30, 2015.
“This is an opportunity to strive for greater development with a committed group of councillors and capable administration.
“We pledge to continue with our efforts in city cleanliness, better services delivery and infrastructure development,” he said.
He added that MCC intends to support and contribute to Miri’s tourism development through the recent initiation of a tourism forum and also the immediate plan of action for Visit Miri Year 2018.
The city day celebration saw colourful song and dance performances by cultural troupes from every ethnic group.
There was also plenty of food and drink as the Miri Food Festival was taking place at the park.