Concern over poor amenities at Tanjung Aru park
Published on: Monday, February 10, 2020
By: Oliver Voon
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KOTA KINABALU: City Hall is urged to remove the metal railings at the main entrance of Prince Philip Park in Tanjung Aru’s First Beach due to their dilapidated condition. 

Several concerned members of the public approached Daily Express recently to highlight problems they have spotted in that part of the suburb which warrant the authority’s immediate action. 

The beach, including the public park, which sprawls over some 340 hectares is planned to be developed under Tanjung Aru Eco Development (TAED). Part of the beach land will be transformed into a rainforest.  

The project’s ground-breaking Ceremony was performed on Sept 16 2013 and its master plan was submitted to the City Hall in December 2016.

However, the TAED status is silent at present. 

“Just because the redevelopment of this place is still hanging at the moment, it doesn’t mean the authority, especially the original caretaker of this public park, simply ignores any problem emerging from this area.

“There are many people going to the park to take a stroll on its compound before proceeding to the sandy beach on a daily basis.

“It is highly irresponsible on the part of the City Hall for doing nothing about the maintenance of the amenities in the park. 

“They should put up a notice in that area to refrain people from going into the park if nobody cares to look after it at this point of time,” stressed one of the complaints, who visited the park recently. 

He said the park had brought some good memories to him as it was there where he saw his daughter started walking for the very first time. 

“She was only three years old then. Back then the ornaments were simple but well kept,” he added. 

TAED drew some concerns from local conservation groups, who labelled it as being unfriendly to the public and lacking in transparency, and launched a petition to stop the project. 

“They should remove all the metal railings which have severely corroded for public safety because any unsuspecting pedestrians, especially the young ones, may injure themselves after touching their sharp and rusty edges,” he said.

He said those who are injured may risk developing serious health issues, such as contracting bacterial infection. 

“We don’t want foreign tourists to post bad impression about this park on their social media platforms even though it is actually undergoing redevelopment.

“We can’t blame them for not knowing about this because the park is still accessible to public at the moment and they probably thought it is only about poor management,” he added.

Apart from that, a jogger, who frequents a stretch of road about a stone’s throw away from the park, bemoaned the scores of rubbish along the pathway.

“Rubbish are scattered on the grassy areas, including inside the drains,” said JOS, the complainant.

She said she had seen workers clearing up the mess which had been left behind by some irresponsible visitors at night but sometimes the task had lapsed for several days.

“The longer they delay doing their daily task, the more rubbish pilling up there,” she added.

A City Hall spokeswoman, when contacted recently, said it would have to check the current status of the land.

“We need to know as to whom the land belongs to at the moment,” she added.

She declined to comment further on the matter at this stage.

“We will elaborate when we have the details later,” she added. 


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