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Mayor – Tanjung Aru Eco project shelved

26th May, 2018

KOTA KINABALU: The Tanjung Aru Eco Development (TAED) project remains on the shelf until the Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) receives the go-ahead from the new state 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 Yeo Boon Hai said DBKK has not signed any papers with anyone with regards to TAED and that the project, at the moment.

Briefing the member of parliaments and state assemblymen on TAED’s development, Yeo said all sea projects and reclamation works would be suspended.

He also said the state government has spent RM36 million to relocate and conduct studies.

Yeo also said that DBKK has yet to receive RM500 million from the Federal government and that it has not signed anything with any parties.

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.

   
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