Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman described the Tanjung Aru Eco Development project as a 50-year Independence Anniversary gift to the people of Sabah. He also reiterated that the project is meant to restore Prince Philip Park as well as to develop and upgrade Tanjung Aru Beach so that these recreational areas continue to be enjoyed by everyone.
“The government takes an inclusive approach when planning and implementing a development project.
“The cooperation and solid support of the people are needed for the success of the project which will upgrade and beautify the Prince Philip Park and Tanjung Aru beach area, as well as change the face of Kota Kinabalu,” he said in reply to a question from Dr Edwin Bosi Kepayan assemblyman at the state assembly sitting, yesterday.
Dr Edwin Bosi’s queried the project as it was called ‘returning Tanjung Aru to the people’, as if it never belonged to the people in the first place.
Musa in his reply said, “Is it wrong to say that it is for the people? Of course not because it is for the people just like the Perdana Park.”
Musa said the project’s Steering and Technical Committee felt that public feedback was important for the project to be developed on the 280 hectares of land including the Prince Philip Park and Tanjung Aru beach, which were public areas since the days of British colonial rule.Musa said the RM7.1 billion project to be carried out by a government wholly-owned company, Tanjung Aru Eco Development Sdn Bhd, would be an integrated development encompassing tourism, recreational, residential, community and commercial projects so as to meet the needs of both local and international markets. He said it would have a positive impact and greatly benefit the people of Sabah, especially in providing employment opportunities.