(File pix) The Sabah Structure Plan 2033, which was recently approved by the state cabinet, was officially launched at the Sabah State Planning Conference today. Pix by Lano Lan

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Structure Plan 2033, which was recently approved by the state cabinet, was officially launched at the Sabah State Planning Conference today.

During the launch, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the plan is vital for the long-term development of the state, and was formed based on strategic policies to determine the direction of the physical progress of Sabah for the coming 20 years.

"To me, this structure plan has the vision to turn the state into a world-class environment in terms of living, working, studying, visiting and investing.

"Sabahans are expected to enjoy high-quality living in a properly-managed environment with sustainable connections, transportation and economic systems," said Musa.

State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor said the structure plan, which was approved in June and has started being implemented, acts as a guideline for developments in Sabah in all sectors such as housing, commerce and tourism.

Calling it a comprehensive plan which takes account of traffic congestion and public transportation, Hajiji said it also covers government planning… (which) the private sector could follow.

"As the Chief Minister said, we do not want any 'rojak towns' in Sabah," said Hajiji, adding that the plan will also ensure no more poor re-zoning of land.

He said that prior to the document being approved, they had been weighing feedback from the public and professionals since last year.