A new start for traditional village

SIBU: The redevelopment project of Kampung Datu Baru here will improve the living standard of the local community and modernise the Malay village with upgraded, structured and organised infrastructure.

Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the project would also generate employment and business opportunities for the town.

“This is a plan by the government as stressed by the Chief Minister to make Sibu a centre that has various infrastructures for economic and social activities, and development of educational institutions,” he told a media conference at the project site in Kampung Datu Baru here yesterday.

He was earlier briefed by Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA) Property and Engineering Division Senior Manager Monaliza Zaidel on the progress of the development project.

Also present were Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, Assistant Housing Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, LCDA chief executive officer Datu Dr Sulaiman Husaini, Temenggong Datuk Wan Hamid Edruce and Nangka assemblyman Dr Annuar Rapae.

According to Abang Johari, the project to be implemented in three phases will involve restructuring of existing 208 houses for 300 to 500 families in Kampung Datu and Kampung Hilir.

Phase 1, he said, would be sited on a 26-acre plot in Kampung Datu Baru while Phases 2 and 3 on 300 acres in Sivilculture area in Mile 11, Oya Road here.

The project would incorporate restructuring of drainage and road system, installation of public amenities and building of affordable houses, he said.

“A total of 175 lots are provided to be distributed to those involved under Phase 1 of the project. We had just approved RM11.3 million recently to build infrastructure in the area.

“Phases 2 and 3 are to accommodate housing needs of extended families from the villages involved,” he said.

He said as a start, a total of 30 units of affordable houses costing RM4 million would be built very soon under Phase 1 at Kampung Datu Baru after earth filling work costing RM6.5 million was completed in November last year.

The project, he said, was expected to be completed in 24 months.