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PKR supports Tanjung Aru project - but with conditions

Published on: Wednesday, June 04, 2014

PKR Api-Api Assemblywoman Christina Liew said the Tanjung Aru Eco Development (TAED) project is worth supporting but that there are certain aspects relating to use of "public assets" that need to be thrashed out.

"One glaring issue at hand is the limited access to the Tanjung Aru Beach for the public, given the small area as allocated, as the rest has been earmarked for commercial development (hotel, resort and cafeteria).

With such restriction, how do you expect people to come in droves and enjoy the seaview and sunset?

"Will the public be still allowed to jog along the whole stretch of the beachfront once the proposed hotel and resort have come up?

And where is the car park designated for the public? There is no clear indication in the development plan.

"Similarly, a chunk of the Prince Philip Park will be taken away for the same purpose although it is offset with an extension of the park for public use. Hence, we are invariably losing some of our 'public assets' in the name of development," she said at a press conference, here, Tuesday.

Liew, who is Sabah PKR Deputy Chairperson, also expressed concern over the proposed sea reclamation for extension of the beachfront.

In view of this, she urged the project not to rushed through CABINET.

Tanjung Aru Eco Development Sdn Bhd (TAEDSB) is the master developer of the TAED revival project, and is 100 per cent-owned by the Sabah State Government.

She was commenting on Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman's statement that the integrated development master plan would be tabled for the Cabinet's consideration soon.

"You cannot do that until the people are happy and satisfied with the public access to Tanjung Aru Beach and Prince Philip Park. I came to the DBKK Headquarters tUESday to view the Final Draft KK Local Plan 2020 but there are no details of the proposed TAED revival project to show public access. "What I saw was the zoning on display but no detailed development plan," she SAID.

Liew hoped that a public hearing would be conducted to listen to public objections, and consider suggestions on TAED prior to approval of the re-zoning exercise.

Meanwhile, she thanked Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) for extending the date for public viewing and objection to the Draft Kota Kinabalu Local Plan 2020 to June 6.