Published on: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Minister in the Chief Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nasir Tun Sakaran said the opening of the two police stations would also boost the confidence of 50,000 people in Pulau Bum-Bum and alleviate their concern about possible threats and social problems.
"We laud the announcement made by Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein on the Government's decision to build two more police stations in Semporna, that is one each in Pulau Bum-Bum and Pulau Mabul," he said.
He said the level of confidence for the people in Pulau Bum-Bum, an island which is a big as Labuan, to continue running their seaweed farms and breeding fish and crabs in cage would increase if they knew that their safety was in good hands.
Since basic infrastructure, such as schools and health clinic, had already been built in Pulau Bum-Bum, it is only right that a police station be built in the island too, he said.
Nasir said foreign investors would also get attracted to invest in the island if they were convinced that the investment had vast potential returns and safe from any possible threats.
For Pulau Mabul, the Minister said the island was one of the popular destinations for tourists from across the world, especially for diving and snorkelling activities.
He said the tourists' level of confidence would also be increased, while tour operators would be able to run their businesses comfortably, when the police station started its operation.
"Pulau Mabul has always been part of Semporna's tourism package.
Right now, there are seven tour operators in the island, with 200 to 300 tourists going to the island on a daily basis.
"The opening of the new police station will definitely boost the island's potential in the tourism sector," he added.