ITS glorious beaches, green parks and artistic landscaping are the things Ann Pamela Heng loves most about Miri.
And the pretty 18-year-old of Chinese-Iban parentage wants the authorities to put in even greater effort to green Miri after it becomes a city.
“The natural assets must be preserved. The big trees that can be found in many parts of Miri must be protected and not cut down because of development.
“Development projects should not affect areas with beautiful scenery such as the beaches and parks, and more flowers should be planted along the roads to add colour,” she said.
Apart from enjoying what nature has to offer, Ann also likes to visit the numerous mega-shopping complexes in Miri and thinks it is a great place for shopping and entertainment.
“But I hope the authorities will take steps to reduce the traffic congestion during peak hours as it is getting rather bad in some parts of the city centre and even in the outskirts,” she said.
When Ann was born, Miri had already started booming and she saw rapid transformation over the past decade.
She hopes that the elevation to city status will not result in Miri becoming too materialistic or polluted and congested.
“Miri must not end up as a concrete jungle. It must be a city with a nice, relaxing atmosphere,” she stressed.
The former SMB Chung Hua Miri student, who is now doing beautician courses in Kuching, said she would always treasure her childhood years in Miri.
“I hope the beaches will retain their charm. Miri has great sunset and sunrise views along the coast,” she added.
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