Group gather to call for Tg Aru beach to be preserved
Published on: Monday, July 15, 2019
By: Sherell Jeffrey

KOTA KINABALU: Non-governmental organisations, Tanjung Aru Action Group and Save Open Space Kota Kinabalu have again joined forces in calling for Tanjung Aru beach to be preserved as it is. 

To get the message across, several members of the group came together to enjoy the fresh air at the beach while at the same time raise awareness on the importance of preserving its natural beauty. 

 “We are not against development, in fact it would be good if the government can develop Tanjung Aru beach like what they did with Likas Bay in providing better basic facilities, there is no need for massive development,” said the group’s spokesperson, SM Muthu, Sunday.

He said they were shocked when they found out that the government will proceed with the Tanjung Aru Eco Development (TAED) project albeit in a smaller scale. 

“We are in the dark over what is actually going to happen, at one time it was continued with another project, then another time it was to proceed but scaled down.

“As far as we are concern, our purpose is to stop massive project, we have such a beautiful beach here why destroy it,” he said.

He said the government should take into account what the local people want instead of just looking at tourism development.

“It is the local people who votes for the government, not the tourists,” he said. 

The two groups have in previous years been very vocal in their campaign against massive development in the area. 

They have been championing towards ensuring Tanjung Aru Beach remains a public space for all to enjoy.

 Last year, a police report was also lodged by the group who called for investigations on the 840 acres of development land at Tanjung Aru worth RM3.6 billion of collateral letter.  

In June this year, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has been quoted as saying that he never said or pledged that he will stop the TAED project prior to the 14th General Election. 

“I didn’t say that I would stop the (TAED) project. What I said was that we will have to look into it where the project can benefit the people at large,” he was quoted as saying. 


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