MIRI: Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to come here over the next few days for celebrations in conjunction with the elevation of Miri to a resort city on Friday.
Miri Resident Ose Murang said yesterday that with the anticipated influx of Brunei nationals, expatriates and Malaysians working there, he hoped the Sarawak-Brunei border could be open for 24 hours, at least for the next few days.
The checkpoint opens at 6am and closes at 10pm daily.
“We, the city day celebrations organising committee, hope the immigration authorities will allow our request. It will be a big boost to our tourism and to our bilateral relationship with Brunei if we can have our neighbours join us in celebrating Miri City Day.
“On a normal weekend, at least 20,000 vehicles from Brunei cross the border into Miri. The visitors come for shopping, relaxation and entertainment. We expect even more to come this week,” he said.
A grand concert, stage shows and international trade expo will be held today and tomorrow.
After the stroke of midnight on Thursday, Yang di-Pertua Negri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin will declare Miri a city, witnessed by Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, state Cabinet ministers and dignitaries and guests from other states and neighbouring countries.
There will be a massive fireworks display on Friday, before the appointment ceremony of the Miri mayor, the opening of the State Petroleum Museum at the historic Grand Old Lady oil well and a street parade.
Rooms in all three- to five-star hotels in Miri are fully booked for the next few days.
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