1.BINTULU PORT IS OURS
Bintulu Port belongs to the state.
This is based on the Port Authorities Ordinance 1961 of Sarawak State Government for the establishment of all ports and harbours in the state.
State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar stated that even though it has been declared as a federal port, but Sarawak’s legal and constitutional position has to be stated first since DUN has neither relinquished its rights over Bintulu Port nor has it consented to its establishment.
He reiterated that the ordinance has never been repealed and remains a good law, adding that the importance of ports in Sarawak transcends beyond the polemic and dichotomy of who actually owns them.
Asfia also strengthened his position by citing Section 3(1) of the Port Authorities Ordinance 1961 which reads, “There shall be a Port Authority for every port specified in the First Schedule. Section 3(2) states the Governor in Council may, by order, amend the First Schedule, while Section 12(1) says, The Governor may appoint a Central Ports Board consisting of a chairman and such other members as he may think fit.
2.GOVERNMENT READY TO ADD SECURITY CONTROL FACILITY
The Sarawak government is ready to add on surveillance facilities and safety equipment to tourist destinations.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari Tun Abang Haji Openg said the move included using the latest technology to get any feedback, taking the installation of closed-circuit cameras at Kuching Waterfront, for an example to reduce crime rates at the location.
This, according to Abang Zohari is obviously, one of Sarawak government’s efforts in making Kuching a smart city.
He said this when speaking at the Farewell and Appreciation Ceremony for the Mayor of North Kuching City Council (DBKU) and South Kuching City Council (MBKS) here in Kuching.
In another development, Abang Zohari also shared on the establishment of the Ministry of Transport aimed at managing the traffic flow while providing convenient access to road users in Kuching.
3.STATE-OF-THE-ART CENTRE FOR STRAYS SOON
The chief minister at another event yesterday commended the initiative taken by Sarawak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) that Sarawak will soon have a new animal village to shelter strays, complete with a health centre, boarding facilities, a cafe and a grooming centre.
According to SSPCA’s president Datin Donna Drury-Wee, the facility, with a size of about 10,000 sq ft, will be built on a 0.8-hectare land given by the state government.
The proposed shelter located at Sungai Tapang and will be able to cater to about 170 cats and dogs at any one time, where some will be allocated for boarding to generate income and some will be used for recovery after neutering.
In efforts of making Sarawak rabies-free, Donna said, efforts will be done to reach out to individuals and corporations to assist with annual sponsorship grants to support this noble work.