Forum headquarters in Miri closer to becoming reality


An artist’s impression of the Forum headquarters to be built in Miri. — Photos: ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

KUCHING: The Federation of Orang Ulu Associations of Sarawak, Malaysia (Forum) aims to start construction of its headquarters in Miri by the middle of next year.

Forum adviser Datuk Gerawat Gala said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had pledged RM25mil for the

proposed headquarters in response to the federation’s request at a cultural symposium last November.

He said the Chief Minister had also approved a 2ha piece of land in Miri for the project.

“Now we are waiting for approval from the State Planning Authority for the siting and building plans.

“Once all that is approved, we will start the tendering process.

Abang Johari (fourth from left) presenting the cheque to Forum president Antonio Kahti Galis, while Gerawat (fourth from right) and other Orang Ulu leaders look on.Abang Johari (fourth from left) presenting the cheque to Forum president Antonio Kahti Galis, while Gerawat (fourth from right) and other Orang Ulu leaders look on.

“Currently, our target is to have the earth-breaking ceremony for the commencement of the construction of the building in April or May next year, ” he told reporters after Forum received a cheque of RM10mil for the building project from Abang Johari here on Tuesday.

Gerawat said the proposed two-storey headquarters would have a multipurpose hall to accommodate 700 to 800 people.

It would also have offices for Forum’s nine member associations and a gallery to display Orang Ulu heritage and history, while a field in front of the building would be used for cultural and sports activities.

“We hope that the Forum headquarters will be an iconic building for the Orang Ulu.

“It will be a visible representation of our heritage and the pride of the Orang Ulu community in Sarawak, ” he said.


   

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