KOTA MARUDU: It is possible for Kota Marudu to be the centre for green tourism in Northern Sabah.
Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Ongkili said the district had various natural resources, marine life, fauna and beauty that were not only crucial to the preservation of the environment but gave a unique distinction to the coastal district.
“Kota Marudu is blessed with good soil for agriculture. We also have the second largest mangrove area in Sabah with about 10,000 hectares, seashores, 60 species of almost-extinct birds, mammals and reptiles and it is less than two hours’ drive from Kota Kinabalu city,” he said.
“The Marudu Bay which is rich in marine diversity has been a subject of study on eco-resources management including by Universiti Pertanian Malaysia. We must exploit our resources, beauty and uniqueness to make Kota Marudu a center for green tourism which will benefit the district in terms of conservation as well as creating economic growth in the area.”
Maximus who is also the Kota Marudu Member of Parliament also called on the district office to set up a Tourism District Council to expedite the development of Kota Marudu as a potential tourism centre.
He was speaking at the launch of the two-day Kota Marudu festival which was previously known as Pesta Jagung (Corn Festival) Kota Marudu.
The festival which had been celebrated and become synonymous with the district since 2001, had been renamed in line with the state government’s decision for festivals in district to not only highlight one agricultural product.-Sayangsabah