Friday, 25 May 2018

(NST) Tanjung Aru Eco Development project put on hold until further directive from the new Sabah state government

KOTA KINABALU: The Tanjung Aru Eco Development (TAED) project has been put on hold until the Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) receives a directive from the new state government administration.

The eco-friendly TAED project, with an area spanning 348ha was launched by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in 2013 and is expected to provide a facelift to Tanjung Aru, which is already a renowned tourist attraction.

Mayor Datuk Yeoh Boon Hai said DBKK has not signed any papers with anyone with regards to TAED and that the project, at the moment, was a no go-ahead.

He was briefing the member of parliaments and state assemblymen on TAED's development.

Taking note on the Warisan-led state government manifesto, Yeo said all sea projects and reclamation works would be suspended.

“This requires big decision. My opinion on what the government can do is not to do reclaimation but (to focus) on land.

“The (state) government has spent RM36 million to relocate and conduct studies. We have yet to receive RM500 million from he Federal government...(at the moment) we didn’t sign anything with anybody,” he said.

Present were assistant minister to the Chief Minister Jimmy Wong, Kota Kinabalu MP Chan Foong Hin, Luyang assemblyman Phoong Jin Zhe, Likas assemblyman Tan Lee Fat and Kapayan assemblywoman Jannie Lasimbang.

Yeo also briefed on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, noting that they are currently waiting for the RM1.2 billion fund from the federal government.

He said the initial plan was to focus on developing the BRT system first which can later be transformed into Light Rail Transit (LRT).

Speaking to reporters, Wong said he would take note of the briefing and would relay it to the chief minister.

He also requested DBKK to invite members from the opposition to attend future briefings in order to have check and balance.

On TAED, Chan said the project was a big issue since last term and agreed it needed a big decision in order to proceed or to put it on hold.

“This will be under the discretion of the chief minister and the cabinet to discuss about it.

“As Kota Kinabalu MP, I will support the state government's stand in deciding anything further on TAED,” he said.

It is learned that the Tanjung Aru beach and Prince Philip Park will remain as public areas with new features, including pedestrian and cycling lanes.