Recreational and innovation hub


Abang Johari (in white shirt) and Dr Sim (right) looking at plans for the new sports, community and innovation hub in Batu Kawah, Kuching. — ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE/The Star

A NEW sports, community and innovation hub will be built at Batu Kawah in Kuching, Sarawak to serve the recreational needs of local residents.

Located at the old Ang Cheng Ho quarry in Jalan Stephen Yong, the RM9.8mil hub will have a multipurpose hall which can accommodate 1,000 people for events and be used for basketball and badminton games.

There will also be an innovation hub for young entrepreneurs, start-ups and social enterprises.

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the project would contribute towards the ongoing development of the Batu Kawah area.

“This is a creative project which will turn an abandoned quarry into a new recreational centre for the use of the people in Batu Kawah, ” he said at the project’s ground-breaking ceremony.

He added that the new hub, along with tourism development plans in nearby Bau, would transform the Batu Kawah area over the next five years.

Sarawak Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, who is also Batu Kawah assemblyman, said the project aimed to transform the old quarry site into a people-centred park.

“There will be a multipurpose hall for sports and social events and an innovation hub for new or young entrepreneurs, ” he said, adding that the hub would be ready in 15 months’ time.

Future development plans for the old quarry include facilities for water sports, extreme sports and a recreational park.

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