Published on: Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the State Government approved an initial fund of RM12 million for the construction of a "a bit larger" sports complex on 120 acres, while the bridge over Sungai Damit would cost RM16 million.
Musa also said the Government is willing to increase the allocation to ensure it would be able to accommodate the needs of the people, here and nearby areas like Kiulu and Tamparuli.
"I believe this will greatly help our athletes and youths from these areas.
"It will be a great venue for the youths to hold their sports and other activities, which would make them healthy," he said, after launching the Sabah Sepaktakraw Association (Astaka) President's Cup Challenge, here.
The move came after the assemblymen from the respective areas agreed to the proposal, recently.
The construction may take about two-and-a-half years which, according to State Youth and Sports Assistant Minister, Datuk Jahid Jahim, would be done in phases.
Meanwhile, Musa said the Sungai Damit Bridge, once completed, would replace the old suspension bridge and ease the connectivity for the people in the district.
"We will replace the smaller suspension bridge with a larger one so that it would make things easier for the locals here to pass through.
I'm sure this will benefit the people in the area," he said.
Jahid, who is also Tamparuli Assemblyman, explained that the new bridge would serve 15 villages, including the Rubber Industry Board, and help ease traffic congestion from Tamparuli to Berungis.
"Finally, a dream comes true for me," he said.
On preparations for the coming 13th General Elections, Musa said it is not the elections but the work done which is important.
He said the BN parties, in this instance, are working closely with the District Offices, district leaders and community leaders, for example, Tuaran, to solve the people's problems, including those in the rural areas.
"Hence, this will create a cooperative environment, which the people will view as the government being a responsible one especially, on their welfare," he said.
He said there is no stopping the work of the BN, officers and community leaders, to ensure the people have their rights protected.