Saturday, November 22, 2008

First Facts of Bintulu - Bintulu's First Public Park

The above extract is self-explanatory.  It is interesting to note that as early as 1960, Bintulu imported plants from the Botanic Gardens, Singapore for its landscaping projects especially for its first Public Park which was opened in 1961 in time for the 1961 Bintulu Centenary Celebrations .  The exact site of the Park today is the Bangunan BDA building lot. Notice the space from the fence of the park to the row of private houses on the upper right hand corner. This space today is taken up by the Jalan Somerville or the Somerville Road.

(Reference: Bintulu Centenary Celebrations 1961- Souvenier Programme Book,pg. 50.)

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Bintulu as Launching Pad for SCORE

Date of launching: 11-2-08 , by Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi, Malaysia's 5th Prime Minister.

What is SCORE? It is an acronym for Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy. Unlike our bedroom corridor, a regional corridor means that the government is serious about making Bintulu as a highway to reach develop nation status by 2020, through one of its major economic generators i.e. renewable energy resources from Bakun hydro electric dam.
Bintulu's Bakun and a couple of scattered mini-hydro dams throughout SCORE territory, will power a maximum of 24,000 megawatts of electricity for the next 10 - 15 years of consumption internally in Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia( exported by way of sub-marine cables) to industrialists as well as individual home owners.

Though the centre of SCORE is Mukah (by designing it into a smart city, where SCORE's policies and master planning will be incubated and pushed for implementation) , at the point of writing, there is nothing substantial in Mukah that can be relied upon to claim a measure of industrial progress that can be showcased at launching time. Thus Bintulu became a natural choice, because even now Bintulu is already a successful industrial showpiece in Sarawak. For Bintulu 2020 is now .
It was therefore a wise move to make Bintulu as the launching pad and Mukah can initially rely on Bintulu's success to pump on its renewal energy ambitions.

Well, all 's well that ends well.

The launching was received by a strong 15,000 pre-Parliamentary election crowd, by the mouth of Bintulu's main river, the Kemena River, where once the local Bintulu Melanaus went out to sea to defeat the last of the Illanun pirates roaming the South China Seas and most feared by the western colonists back then.