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New NGO urges rethink on Tanjung Aru project

Published on: Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Kota Kinabalu: A new NGO calling themselves "Save Open Space Kota Kinabalu" thanked the Chief Minister for "eeturning Tanjung Aru to the people."

"It is a magnanimous act and we would like to help him see that it is done to the word," it said in a statement, accompanied by a picture of duo on the beach, S Muthu and Jeffrey Chang.

"Tanjung Aru is the only land-based proper beach available to the people of Kota Kinabalu and it is good that the Chief Minister is returning it to the people," it added.

"Let the Government build more recreational facilities, amenities and playgrounds and the rest of it as low-density government housing area and therefore it is apt that the people have and enjoy it and by this, there should be no commercial development," the statement said.

"The Government must retain land for the future and keep away from over commercialisation.

We can have clinics, cycling tracks, skating rinks, homes for the OKU and elderly, government rest houses and chalets for use by government servants, students and old folks, etc."

"Bequeath Tanjung Aru truly to the people of Sabah. The plans released on Sept 16, 2013 are indeed good and great but they look more like building a playground for the rich and famous. We don't think the people of Kota Kinabalu or Sabah want that. All they want is an improvement in amenities and facilities."

"Let the planners take their five or six-star hotels elsewhere - to the beaches of the North or South coasts, where they can create a Dubai or Miami or their liking. But ensure that local people there are consulted," the statement continued.

"There's so much of land available and the tourists can afford to go anywhere, if they can fly from anywhere to Kota Kinabalu," the statement said.

"Mt Kinabalu is gone, so let's not lose Tanjung Aru, too!"

"We appeal and urge Sabahans, especially relevant professional bodies like the Sabah Law Association (SLA) members, all concerned professionals, former organisers and supporters of JAG - the Joint Action Group - to save Tanjung Aru and all citizens - please help to save Tanjung Aru for the ordinary people of Sabah."

"We would like to point out that the Federal Court, in the Tawau open space case, had upheld the ruling of the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak on December 9, 2009 that designated open spaces cannot be commercialised.

We do hope the State Government led by the Chief Minister and the Cabinet will take note of this and act to protect the rights of the common citizens," the statement concluded.