KUCHING: A Growth Centre between Muara Mongkos and Kampung Bunan was proposed at the State Legislative Assembly today. The centre is aimed to consolidate the socioeconomic development and growth in the area.
Martin Ben (PBB – Kedup) said the proposed Muara Mongkos/ Bunan Growth Centre will cover 25 villages within 7 – 10 km in the area, and the combined population close to 10.000 provides the much needed critical mass to support the growth.
“With a proper ‘growth centre’ set up, opportunities will abound for the development of rural entrepreneurship. These include opportunities for trading, skill training for rural youths, development of local handicraft industry and local tourism.
“The area now has approximately 4,000 hectares of oil palm estates and more than 1,000 hectares of small holder lots and the plantation business will be a core activity to drive the economy of the proposed growth centre,” he said when debating the Supply Bill (2019).
He added other prospective activities are repair and maintenance services and other support services to cater to the needs of the plantation and agriculture sector
“Also, with the setting up of a growth centre in Muara Mongkos/Bunan area, the perennial problem of rural-urban migration can be effectively mitigated at the source.
“But above all, the growth centre will open up Muara Mongkos/ Bunan and the nearby villages to a new vista of opportunities and the long-term plan for further sustainable development,” he enthused.
He pointed out that historically, Muara Mongkos has been a trading centre where traders from both sides of the border converge to conduct their business involving the sales of a wide range of local products.
The area has grown to become a centre of economic and social activities, thanks to the cross-border trade that has grown over the years.
“In light of the changes taking place in the area and nearby hinterland and the socio-economic prospect the future holds for the local population, I would Like to propose for the setting up of a growth centre between Muara Mongkos and Kampung Bunan which will contribute to consolidating the socio-economic development and growth of the area.
“I sincerely hope the relevant government agencies will take heed of the proposal as much as I look forward to seeing it coming into fruition soon,” he said.
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