Published on: Sunday, February 03, 2013
Ongkili said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's approval for the road to also connect to the Kota Marudu would thereby enable better access to the district, Pitas and onward to Sandakan.
"This road connection will definitely benefit us in terms of enabling more economic activities to take place as road access is essential for development," he said when opening the 36-room Northern Inn here Saturday, the latest accommodation in Kota Marudu located at the T-junction of Jalan Langkon where the roads to Kudat and Kota Marudu part.
Ongkili, who is also Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, added that the opening of the hotel would help cater to the increasing demand of visitors and business travellers to Kota Marudu, noting that there were at least 11 public-listed plantations in the district and neighbouring districts and required adequate accommodation for their visiting officers.
"The site of the new SMK Langkon will also be at the T-Junction, making the area an ideal location for a sub-township of Kota Marudu," he said, adding that also in the pipeline was a three-star hotel in the town of Kota Marudu to provide much needed accommodation as well as convention facilities.
He also noted that over the last few years, prices of property had spiralled and rental increased in Kota Marudu with the district soon to have a total of 500 shoplots, while the growth taking place was largely due to development in the agricultural sector.