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SOSKK: Scrap the Tanjung Aru Eco Development (TAED) Project

26th June, 2019


KOTA KINABALU: Save Open Space, Kota Kinabalu (SOSKK) has reiterated its call urging the Warisan-led State government to scrap the Tanjung Aru Eco Development (TAED) Project.

In an open letter to the Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Shafie Apdal, a copy of which was extended to the various media outlets, its chief coordinator SM Muthu reminded that Warisan’s vice president cum assemblyman for Tanjung Aru had during the last general elections campaigned on a platform that the said project would be scrapped if the party came to power.

“And even after the elections, YB Datuk Junz Wong had reaffirmed that 85 acres of the area will be retained as recreational reserve.

“As such we appeal to you (Shafie) to conserve Tg Aru Beach and ensure any development does not degrade or devalue the heritage value the beach. The rest of the land can actually be retained by the government for public purposes such as rest houses, campsites and youth training centres,” Muthu appealed.

He also observed that much of public lands were ‘stolen’ or lost through joint-venture projects in the past.

“This piece of land is one of the last pieces. It can actually be turned into a large city park and named aptly – Heritage Park or Taman Warisan.

“Certain businessmen are eyeing the ‘golden eggs’ but their actions may kill the goose.

“Thus, turning it into a large park will result in it becoming a ‘Goose That Lays Golden Eggs’ for the state through tourism, which can also be enjoyed by the rakyat.

“Pray that the government will not fall prey to the interests of shrewd businessman. The people voted for CHANGE and it must be translated in the system, a new system, a New Malaysia or Malaysia Baru – through a system of transparent and good governance,” he concluded.

It was reported on Tuesday that State Infrastructure Development Minister Peter Anthony had disclosed that TAED will be implemented soon while commenting on the Papar Dam project.

He acknowledged that it is necessary to build the Papar Dam to ensure adequate water supply for the project, as well as to meet increasing demand for water supply due to the rise in population of nearby areas such as Beaufort, Putatan, Papar and Kota Kinabalu.

He told the reporters this after attending the excellent service awards and farewell party to retirees from the Sabah Water Department event at a leading hotel here.

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