KOTA KINABALU: Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) will not permit any fish landing or selling activities at Likas Bay Public Park since it is against with the existing land zone protocol, where the venue is meant for recreational use.
The activities are also seen as contributing to the cleanliness and safety problems at the area where it is supposedly for the benefit and comfort of its visitors.
The district Mayor, Datuk Abidin Madingkir, said the park area is for recreational programmes and has become increasingly popular among the local residents and tourists.
“The park is also famous for its sunset view, and we are worried if the selling and landing of fish are allowed at the park area, these activities will affect its cleanliness and atmosphere,” he said in his statement.
He was responding to the recent comments from Facebook users on the activities carried out by fishermen at Likas Bay Public Park, where they suggested for the site to be upgraded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry (MOA).
Abidin said the activities also raised safety concern to road users since consumers tend to park their vehicles at the roadside.
He calls for the public not to buy fish from fishermen at the park as not to encourage them to continue with their activities at the recreational area.
He said the park is also adjacent to a protocol lane and in a close proximity with the state and federal administration complexes, thus the fish selling and landing are seen as inappropriate for the park’s image.
He also said DBKK is in the process to launch its second phase development for Likas Bay Public Park.
However, recreational fishing activities are allowed at several identified area of the park.
DBKK with the help of relevant departments will try to get an alternative site for traditional fishermen from villages in the vicinity of Kota Kinabalu state capital to sell their products, he added. – SayangSabah