KOTA KINABALU, SABAH – The State government are urged to repair and upgrade Tanjung Aru public facilities after halting Tanjung Aru Eco Development (TAED), said Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Secretary-General Datuk Richard Yong.
According to Yong, prior to this, the State government had stopped all maintenance of the facilities for the development of TAED.
“Since it has decided to stop the development plan, the government should therefore immediately resume upkeep of the area because it has been in disrepair for many years.
“The maintenance work of the basic facilities, such as toilets, shops, playgrounds (parks), etc., at the first, second and third beaches are in a state of suspension.”
“I hope the government acknowledges that the beach is not only a public property of Sabah, but a popular tourist attraction for its spectacular sunset view which considered among the best in the world,” he said.
Yong emphasised that now with worldwide awareness on environmental preservation, the State should likewise embark on concentrating preservation of the ecology and environmental cleanliness and make it a policy to disapprove any large-scale reclamation projects.
He said that according to past experience, Tanjung Aru reclamation will not only damage the existing sea currents and causes coastal erosion, but also destroy the ecological cycle of marine life, eliminate the breeding ground for fish and shrimp, as a result reduce the seafood production in Sabah waters, which harms than benefit.
“Sabah is situated at a very good location with a rich diversity at both land and sea species as well as being a destination for global ecotourism tourists. We should develop in this area,” he stressed.