KOTA KINABALU:The state government estimated that RM95 million is needed to repair the damages across Sabah that are caused by the earthquake disaster last month.
The state Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment, Datuk Masidi Manjun, said the estimate is based on the initial report made by the state Natural Disaster Management Committee recently.
“We also weigh in the damages in other areas; not only in Ranau. This include Nabawan up to Kota Marudu, covering 38 schools, government buildings, and house of worship,” he said in a press conference after officiating the 2015 Sabah MATTA exhibition at Suria Sabah.
Also present were Sabah Tourism Board Chairman, Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, the president of Malaysia Tourism Agents and Operators Association, Datuk Hamzah Rahmat, and the chairman of Sabah MATTA, Robert Chong.
In the event, RM80,000 have been donated to Sabah Parks Board of Trustees for its earthquake disaster fund.
Sabah was hit by a 5.9 magnitude earthquake in 6 June last month, with its epicenter in Ranau, with 18 lives were lost.
Masidi also said his ministry welcomes the full cooperation of the federal government in providing financial support including the RM10 million allocation announced by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to help the state government to repair the damages caused by the quake.
Meanwhile, he said the ministry is yet to receive the actual amount of cancellation by tourists into the state, especially for bookings to visit Mount Kinabalu.
“However, I received many e-mails from outside (the country) stating that they can’t wait to visit Mount Kinabalu as soon as it is reopened. This erase the negative perception made by certain quarters in the social media that it is unsafe to visit Sabah.
“The allegation is made by one of our own (people), and it is disappointing since the tourism industry is important for the state,” he added. – SayangSabah