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Kuching - The City of Many Cities
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[Taken from today's (17/12/2008) print edition of the Borneo Post, a long article, so I'm omitting some stuff.]

Taib foresees high-tech cities sprouting within state capital as S'wak embarks on heavy industries devt by 2030

Kota Samarahan: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud envisions that Kuching will be an all-round commercial centre by 2030.

He said in two decades or so from now, the state capital would have every economic element one could imagine as it would be surrounded by high-tech cities that would include a medical city, an education city and several resorts.

He said when that happened, apart from serving as headquarters for commerce, Kuching would also act as the sub-regional headquarters for companies involved in heavy industrial activities and industries selling processed products.

Taib, however, assured that Kuching would not accomodate heavy industies within its perimeters even though Sarawak would embark on them by 2030.

Of this, he explained: "Kuching will not go for heavy industries. It (Kuching) will be more for high-tech, selected tourism, education and more cultural events as the next thing Sarawak needs ti do is to develop its cultural sector and all the cultures of the various people of Sarawak which we are lucky to have preserved."

He said this at a press conference after launching a book on 45 years of Sarawak's Progress Within Malaysia for Samarahan Division, [...].

[Kuching, a services-oriented city, with a burgeoning cultural scene. Let's sit and watch.]

Posted on: 2008/12/17 13:46
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Nice vision, hmm~

I have no doubt of our beloved CM's visions. He is indeed a man with visions of... ahem... of Sarawak's future.

Indeed Kuching have such a potential. We have so many famous personalities around the globe that are from Kuching, we have so many empty lands and resources, we have so many kittens in Kuching who are enthusiastic about our city. With proper support from Government, I don't see any reason we can't achieve the vision.

But... let's just agree with Mocha: Sit and watch first...

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I still don really get the statement.

So Kch, will be a service centre meaning we cater all the regional offices? only that?

Posted on: 2008/12/17 23:37
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That's how he usually strokes his popularity, by intimating his private "dreams" to the gullible. It's always 20, 30 or 40 yrs hence. But Kuching is nice the way it is, relaxed and relatively pollution-free. Don't let him and his cronies mess things up!

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Quote:

maozi wrote:
Nice vision, hmm~

I have no doubt of our beloved CM's visions. He is indeed a man with visions of... ahem... of Sarawak's future.

Indeed Kuching have such a potential. We have so many famous personalities around the globe that are from Kuching, we have so many empty lands and resources, we have so many kittens in Kuching who are enthusiastic about our city. With proper support from Government, I don't see any reason we can't achieve the vision.

But... let's just agree with Mocha: Sit and watch first...



Not true .... as only young men see visions for the future and old men dream dreams of the past!

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2030? how old would he be?

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well, maybe he will pass it to those who will replace him..i hope abg jo will be our CM.

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FYI abang jo's father is from sarikei and he had done nth for sarikei.

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Taib's Dynasty, too many unrealistic visions and never ever achieve....last time is by 2020 and now extended another 10 years....

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'Into the foreseeable future' seems to be the catchword here, as well as 'depending on the current economic climate.' I hate to say this, but these 'visions' seem to be on repeat over the last ten years.

Decentralisation is good, to an extent. One of Lord White Hair's main aim was to protect the Old City from being overly built up, but he negated his own aim when the old Gambier Markets were put out of commission and the atrocious Plaza Merdeka started to rise from the ashes of the demolished shophouses.

It becomes bad when we all need to rely on cars to get us from 'medical city' to 'education city' back to 'commerce city.' It's like Dubai with all these 'cities' sprouting up every day. It would work well if there was a good public transport system in place, but at current, the city is so spread out with so many 'villages' and 'new cities' that without a car, you cannot function.

What Lord White Hair aims at, from his statement at least, is that Kuching would be a base of operations for companies and industries, housing regional headquarters, with tertiary industries supporting the city. Hence, services such as financial services, accountancy and legal firms would be the mainstay of the city, and not heavy industry.

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