MIRI: Miri town Sarawak's oil capital is set to be elevated to resort-city status next month.
Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui, who is Miri MP, announced yesterday that the proposal for the move, tabled by Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting, was approved at the recent Cabinet meeting.
The approval will be forwarded to the King for his endorsement and final decision. The state government will soon be sending a high-level delegation led by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam to have an audience with the King, who will issue a decree to allow the city declaration to proceed, he told a press conference.
Chin said the state government had chosen May 20 as Miri Resort City Day because of the date 20.05.2005.
This date would have to be endorsed by the King, he said.
The Miri Municipal Council will be elevated to a city council after the Kings endorsement, he added.
The question now is: What do the people of Miri want to do with this city status? Is it going to be just another city or will efforts be made to make it the cleanest, the healthiest and most friendly city? Chin said.
He added that the new status came with much responsibility.
Miri town, home to the countrys first onshore oil platform, located at Canada Hill, is Sarawaks second biggest urban centre with a population of 270,000.
It is also the states centre for timber production, sawmill operations and palm oil production, as well as a destination for shopping and recreation, especially for those from Brunei, which is located only 35km north.
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