Kuching newest iconic landmark the RM300 million state legislative assembly complex is scheduled to be officially opened by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin on July 27, 2009.

Sitting atop a hill on the banks of Sungai Sarawak at Pangkalan Sapi, with its distinctive umbrella-shaped roof will be first used for the Conference of Rulers on July 28 and 29.

In his opening the current sitting of the assembly early last week, Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng said the modern nine-storey complex, combining the state’s architectural heritage with state-of-the-art system, symbolised the peace and harmony enjoyed by the people.

“We are proud of the development as it marks a new chapter in state democracy and symbolises unity among the various ethnic groups.”

The current building in Petra Jaya, was constructed in 1976 to accommodate 48 assemblymen. Now, 33 years later, the number has increased to 71.

Located on a 43ha site on the waterfront, the building is equipped with intelligent building automation systems, multimedia communication facilities and environmentally friendly features.

Other notable features include a parade ground, a 1,000-seat state banquet hall and 315 parking bays.