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KKIA does not need a RM53m makeover
Published on: Sunday, May 19, 2024
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I WOULD like to express my gratitude for the allocation of RM53 million by the Federal Government for the enhancement of the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA). 

However, upon closer inspection, it seems that the airport’s infrastructure is fundamentally sound, requiring primarily cosmetic refurbishments such as cleaning and repainting, estimated to approximately RM10 million. 

The crux of the matter lies not in the physical structure of the airport, but rather in the diligence and efficiency of personnel managing it.

To achieve a standard akin to that of Banjarmasin (Syamsudin Noor) International airport in Kalimantan, we merely need to focus on optimising the performance of Malaysian Airport Berhad’s workforce.

In essence, a well-functioning airport is more than just bricks and mortar, it relies heavily on the dedication and effectiveness of its staff. Therefore, I propose a straightforward solution to providing a three-month supply of Vitamin C with a specially formulated ‘Kuat Kerja’ supplement for all KKIA personnel, estimated to cost around RM10 million.

This initiative would not only bolster the efficiency of KKIA workforce, but will result in a significant cost saving of RM43 million for the Federal Government.

With the surplus funds, YB Datuk Christina can direct her efforts towards upgrading the neglected areas of kampong Sembulan and Tanjung Aru, which currently presents an unsightly backdrop for tourists.

Inspired by the successful revitalisation efforts undertaken by the Berjaya Government in the 1980’s, one can embark on a project to refurbish these areas, drawing from successful models like Kampong Sempelang.

As you are well aware, the first impression tourists have of Kota Kinabalu is formed at KKIA. It is imperative as the Minister overseeing this endeavour, that you prioritise the enhancement of KKIA to meet, if not exceed, the standards set out by our counterparts in Banjarmasin.

I trust that with your leadership and commitment, we can transform KKIA into a beacon of efficiency and hospitality, reflecting the warmth and vibrancy of our city.

Traveller Kedayan

The views expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of the Daily Express.

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