Sarawak Premier Invites Developers to Expand Kenyalang Smart City’s Innovative Model Statewide

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Premier Welcomes Developers, Architects to Replicate Miri’s Kenyalang Smart City in Other Parts of Sarawak

Sarawak Premier Invites Developers to Expand Kenyalang Smart City's Innovative Model Statewide
Sarawak Premier Invites Developers to Expand Kenyalang Smart City’s Innovative Model Statewide

Sarawak Premier Encourages Replication of Kenyalang Smart City

MIRI (May 29): Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg is inviting developers and architects to replicate the innovative design of the proposed Kenyalang Smart City in other parts of the state. He praised the smart city’s sustainable development model, green architecture, integration of clean energy clusters and innovation parks, and its focus on community welfare for Miri City.

“I also believe these qualities can be replicated in many parts of Sarawak. I invite all of you to explore these opportunities,” he said, envisioning a future where Sarawak is a developed and high-income region in Malaysia. His speech was delivered by Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Dr Sim Kui Hian during the Kenyalang Smart City Summit.

Kenyalang Smart City: A Vision for Sustainable Development

The Kenyalang Smart City is a master plan by architecture firm TAK, led by Miri-born architect Teo Ah Khing, on behalf of developer Imasa Dinasti Sdn Bhd. This project aims to impact communities not only in Miri but also in surrounding regions, with long-term benefits anticipated over generations.

Abang Johari highlighted the potential for Bintulu and Miri to experience an economic boom as renewable energy projects mature, attracting international investors to Sarawak’s green and renewable energy sector. The Kenyalang Smart City, spanning 543 acres adjacent to Curtin University Malaysia campus, is set to be developed over 15 to 20 years, aiming to spur economic development in northern Sarawak.

Integrated and Sustainable Urban Planning

A modern city requires proper planning to create the right ambiance for contemporary living. Abang Johari emphasized that urban development has evolved beyond merely constructing shop houses and residential areas. It now demands a smart, integrated, and sustainable approach, as exemplified by Kenyalang Smart City.

The smart city’s features include a Chinese top-rank university and a convention center, the vision of Sarawak-born architect Teo Ah Khing. These elements collectively aim to create a cohesive and thriving urban environment.

International Collaboration and Investment

The summit witnessed participation from state cabinet members, government officials, and local and international investors from the Middle East and Asia, including China, Australia, Singapore, and Indonesia. Eight Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) were signed between Imasa Dinasti Sdn Bhd and various international partners.

Notably, the MoU with Fudan Institutes of Integrative Medicine aims to establish the South East Asia branch of Fudan University’s Institutes of Integrative Medicine within Kenyalang Smart City. Other MoUs encompass various commercial opportunities and smart city components, including smart infrastructure, communications, sustainability practices, and advanced technologies.

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