Najib: Govt to support Tanjung Aru Eco Development


KOTA KINABALU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak gave his blessings to a project that will revive the Tanjung Aru beach.

It will help return the beach to its glory and iconic status as well as turn it into a world class eco-friendly tourism centrepiece for the state.
Najib said this when launching the Tanjung Aru Eco Development (TAED) project that will give the iconic beach a major facelift.
The beach is also where the national level 50th Malaysia day celebration is being held today.
Developments that emphasise the importance of environment protection makes good sense because apart from preserving the natural beauty it will also generate revenue, Najib said.
"We can recollect fond memories on the beach but it has seen the best of its days in the part and now its time for us to resuscitate and give it life."
He congratulated the state government and Chief minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman who mooted the idea of reviving the popular destination less than five kilometres from the city centre.

Earlier Musa said Tanjung Aru holds a special place in the heart of Malaysians in Sabah. "In the last few decades however some sections of the beach have suffered erosion and the surrounding areas have fallen to neglect.

"The Government is determined to not only restore Tanjung Aru, but ensure its future is secure for generations to come," he asserted.

He said the government may provide a facilitation fund if there  was a need to assist in the expenditure for the project which covered a 52 ha site.
"I am attracted by the caption that says the project will give Tanjung Aru back to the people of Sabah as it is not merely about development but giving the people an exciting waterfront," said Najib before launching the project here tonight.
"I think Sabah has enormous potential in ecotourism. I have not met anyone who has not been to Sabah who has not fallen in love with it."
He said the launch was aptly done during the Malaysia Day celebrations as it was a happy occassion.

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