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Lack of infrastructure hampers Kudat tourism

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Tanjung Simpang Mangayau or the Tip of Borneo, which is a popular tourist site.

10th October, 2016

By ERIC BAGANG

KUDAT: Efforts to maximise Kudat’s tourism potential is hampered by the lack of infrastructure, said Special Tasks Minister Datuk Teo Chee Kang.

“With beautiful islands, waters, beaches such as Tanjung Simpang Mangayau, and the longest esplanade in Sabah, Kudat has high tourism potentials that can be exploited.

“But what is lacking in Kudat is infrastructure,” he said when met after a dialogue with the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) here, yesterday.

According to Teo who is also the Tanjong Kapur Assemblyman, his office forwarded several proposals to the EPU during the meeting, one of which is realigning the Tanjung Simpang Mangayau Road.

He said the road is too near to the beach which limits the expansion of tourism facilities in the area. He has applied for RM10 million in allocation for the realignment purpose and another RM5 million to upgrade several facilities along the 500-metre long Sidek Esplanade to build a new surau, stalls, and to maintain the place.

“Since it was built, the Sidek Esplanade has not been maintained properly due to the lack of funds. So, it is time for it to be maintained and upgraded.

“We have also applied for other allocations to build new roads in Kampung Tanjung Kapur, Kampung Bahagia, and other villages.

“We believe that with the new roads, we can organise the village lots which are now being occupied by squatters.

“This will enable us to perhaps gazette the areas as villages to resolve the squatter issue,” he said, adding that the tightly-spaced houses in the villages have become a fire hazard.

When asked about Kudat’s security needs, Teo said that the threats are mainly from fish bombing activities which are detrimental to the environment.

Despite having been gazetted as a marine park as the Tun Mustapha Marine Park, local fishermen still carry out fish bombing regularly and therefore more enforcement is needed.

Meanwhile, EPU Director-General Datuk Seri Dr Rahamat Vivi Yusoff who was on her first visit to the district, said making Kudat into a tourism attraction is in line with the 11th Malaysia Plan.

She said Kudat has the potential to be developed into a major tourism destination which will therefore contribute to the local economy as well as the country’s revenue.

   
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