KOTA KINABALU, 7 June 2018: The Sabah government should as soon as possible start repair and upgrade Tanjung Aru public facilities after stopping TAED, said Datuk Richard Yong, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Secretary-General cum Tanjung Aru CLC chairman.
He said, prior to this, the Sabah government stopped all maintenance of facilities, while giving way to TAED (Tanjung Aru Eco Development). And since it has decided to stop the development plan, the government should therefore immediately resume upkeep of the area.
“Tanjung Aru has been in disrepair for many years. The maintenance work of the basic facilities, such as toilets, shops, playgrounds (parks), etc., at the first, second and third beaches are in a state of suspension.”
“I hope the government acknowledges Tanjung Aru Beach as not only the public property of Sabahans, but also a popular tourist attraction because of its spectacular sunset view considered among the best in the world.”
Richard emphasized that now with worldwide awareness on environmental preservation, Sabah should likewise embark on concentrating preservation of the ecology and environmental cleanliness and make it a policy to disapprove any large-scale reclamation projects.
He said that according to past experience, Tanjung Aru reclamation will not only damage the existing sea currents and causes coastal erosion, it will also destroy the ecological cycle of marine life, eliminate the breeding ground for fish and shrimp, as a result reduce the seafood production in Sabah waters, which do more harm than benefit.
“Sabah is situated at a very good location, has diversity of both land and sea species and is a destination for global ecotourism tourists. We should develop in this area,” he said.